14 December 2020
By Tom Collins
Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery; BUMBLEance, Covers of Comfort and Shine Centre for Autism among the 49 recipients
Almost 50 Cork charities and community groups will benefit from funding from Thermo Fisher Scientific’s €50,000 community partnership grant. Among the local deserving projects announced today by the Currabinny-based global life sciences company are Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery; Covers of Comfort, a group who knit and crochet covers for those going through chemotherapy; and Shine Centre for Autism.
Originally set at €45,000, the Thermo Fisher Scientific Community Partnership Grant increased to over €50,000 due volume and calibre of applicants. Being divided between local community groups in Cork’s Lower Harbour along with charitable causes close to the hearts of employees, it celebrates a double anniversary — Thermo Fisher Scientific’s first anniversary since acquiring the Currabinny facility and the 45-year legacy of the site where it now stands.
Speaking on the announcement, Des Burke, Director of Finance at Thermo Fisher Scientific said: “There are 49 deserving charities set to benefit from the Community Partnership Grant — 45 from Cork’s Lower Harbour and four national charities voted by employees. Each of the chosen recipients bring about real change and make a tangible impact with what they do.”
The local causes include10 family and children’s resource groups Carrigaline Family Support Centre, Alex’s Adventure, Mahon Family Resource Centre, Crosshaven Active Retired, Ringaskiddy ARA, YMCA, Carrigaline Men’s Shed, Carrigaline Choral Group, Owenabue Brownies, and 55th Cork Carrigaline Scout Group.
There are seven community initiatives, Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery, Shine Centre for Autism, Covers of Comfort, Carrigaline Community First Responders, Order of Malta Carrigaline, St. Vincent de Paul Monkstown, and Carrigaline Lions Club. Six educational groups and schools are among the recipients, St. Paul’s School to support the purchase of a bus to bring Carrigaline children to their school in Montenotte, Ringaskiddy Lower Harbour National School, Shanbally National School, St Francis College, Rochestown, Scoil Barra Naofa NS, Monkstown and WiSTEM UCC.
Passage West Ladies Football Blitz, Crosshaven Pitch & Putt Club, Crosshaven Rugby Club, Crosshaven AFC, Shamrocks Ladies Football Club, Ballygarvan GAA, Hibernian AFC, Tracton Camogie Club, Carrigaline Rugby Football Club, Carrigaline Hurling & Football Club, Carrigaline United AFC, Carrigaline Camogie Club, Passage AFC and Tracton GAA Club are among the 14 sporting clubs to receive funding. Funding has also been granted to Sailability Kinsale towards the cost of a Hansa 303, a boat suitable for inclusion training for our participants with disabilities.
Tidy Towns organisations in Monkstown, Ringaskiddy, Carrigaline, Cobh along with Passage West Maritime Heritage Group, Crosshaven Development Committee and One Green Village in Crosshaven are also included.
Mr Burke added: “We are also delighted a share of the Community Partnership Grant will go to larger Cork and national charities — selected, and voted by our employees. These include BUMBLEance, Breakthrough Cancer Research, Marymount University Hospital and Hospice, and Pieta House.
“Thank you to all that applied and our employees for getting behind this initiative. Thermo Fisher Scientific’s mission is to enable customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We are thrilled to be able to support and acknowledge so many charities and community groups who are also doing this, while also helping to spread positivity within the community, locally and nationally.”