33 COMMUNITY GROUPS WIN SUPPORT FROM LIDL COMMUNITY WORKS
Chef and campaign Ambassador Ian Orr with Paul Kane and Bernard Jackson from Over the Hill Music Group, Deirdre McAllister, Helen Ashton and Ita McNally from Community Circus Lisburn and Peter Neill and Una Neill from the Carrick Chargers Special Olympic Basketball Club.
Lidl Northern Ireland today announced the 33 winning community groups across the province that will benefit from the company’s exciting Community Works campaign, launched to find projects in need of funding and a helping hand.
The winning groups span the length and breadth of Northern Ireland including; Eco Tots, an education programme for children about growing nutritional produce in Newtownabbey; Enable NI, a support group for young people with disabilities in Armagh; RNLI, the lifeboat station saving lives at sea in Portrush; Oak Healthy Living Centre a centre for people with addiction and mental health issues in Lisnaskea.
The Lidl Community Crew will visit each of the 33 groups over the next six months helping to deliver fundraising events, presenting food demonstrations and delivering goodie bags, to help sustain the fantastic work of each project in their local area.
Conor Boyle, Regional Director at Lidl Northern Ireland was encouraged by the number of entries, “We received over 4000 nominations, a record for the campaign which is now in its third year; proving that there are still so many groups in need of support and we’re delighted to step in and continue to help where we can.”
To mark 2016 being the Northern Ireland Year of Food & Drink and to celebrate the wide range of excellent local producers Lidl works with, food will be the central focus at each of the events whether it’s a BBQ, luncheon or afternoon tea.
Chef Ambassador, Ian Orr, will be making an appearance at various events, “We’re very proud of our excellent local produce and food occasions often bring people together, so it’s only natural that we place food and communities at the heart of this campaign.”
As well as visiting the 33 winning groups, the Community Crew will also be out on the road popping up at events, local Lidl stores and visiting runner-up groups with surprise treats and goodies.
In its three years, Lidl Community Works has already reached out to more than 600 community groups across the province, investing thousands of pounds to date.
To find out more about Lidl Community Works, visit www.lidl-ni.co.uk
LIDL COMMUNITY WORKS WINNERS 2016:
Accolade (All Communities Art Communication) Community Choir
Alzheimer’s Men’s Friendship Group
Carrick Chargers Special Olympic Basketball Club
Community Circus Lisburn
Donaghcloney Cricket Club
Drumgor Detached YWP
Drumlough V.I.P club
Eat it, Grow it, ECO TOTS
First Step Women’s Centre
Garden in a Box
Good Morning Ballymena
Helping Hands Outreach Programme
Inverary Community Centre Martial Arts Club
Islandmagee Community Development Association
Kinallen Rural Community Development Association
Mid Ulster Bee Keeping Association
Nathan Pierson Fundraising for Mourne Mountain Rescue Team
Oak Healthy Living Centre
Off The Cuff Community Theatre Group
Over the Hill Music Collective
Queens Parade Methodist Church Seniors Lunch Club
Roe Valley Girls
Sika Gymnastics Club
South Tyrone Ulster Farmers Union
St. James Farm
Strathroy Community Association
The Link Family & Community Centre
The Open Door
The Sollus Centre Highland Dancers
Tools for Solidarity