UCC Security Staff Pledge to Raise Money for Cork’s Penny Dinners

As Christmas fast approaches, UCC’s Security Staff are once more launching a collection campaign for a good cause.

UCC’s Security Staff have this festive season pledged to raise money on behalf of Cork’s Penny Dinners.

For the last three years in the run-up to Christmas, UCC’s Security Staff have held fundraisers and a raffle for a chosen charity. This year, they have chosen to do so on behalf of Cork’s Penny Dinners, one of the oldest charities in Cork and one that many people have personal connections to.

Penny Dinners is one of Cork’s oldest caring organisations. While there is a formal record of establishment in 1888 it may have ties right back to the soup kitchens run by the Society of Friends (Quakers) at the time of the Famine in the 1840’s.

Speaking to The Buzz.ie, Alan Aherne, UCC Security Staff Member, had this to say about this years fundraiser, “Our chosen charity is Penny Dinners. This is a fantastic charity which has been in existence since the Famine helping the poor of Cork.”

Members of UCC's Security Staff presenting a cheque for over €5,000 to Bumbleance, their chosen charity last year
Members of UCC’s Security Staff presenting a cheque for over €5,000 to Bumbleance, their chosen charity last year

“Last year we raised over €5,000 for the Bumbleance and are hoping to do the same this year”.

“There are buckets placed around U.C.C. and we would encourage staff, students and visitors to help fill them. Our annual Christmas draw will start on Wednesday, December 9th and will finish on Friday, December 18th.”

“Remember, every penny counts…!”

On average, Cork’s Penny Dinners prepares and serves around 1,000 meals a week. The organisation is run by a group of volunteers and committee, none of whom receive any pay or expenses for their tireless work.

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Their website has this to say about the work they do:

“Our aim is to provide a warm, dry place to sit and eat, with a welcoming atmosphere where no questions are asked, no judgements made. Regardless of ability to pay, all are welcomed with courtesy.”

Recently, Cork’s Penny Dinners received a long overdue makeover and refurbishment, courtesy of RTÉ’s At Your Service.

Cork Penny Dinners reveal of the revamp, following a make over from John and Francis Brennan, as part of their RTE, At Your Service programme, at Cork Penny Dinners, Little Hanover Street, Cork. Pictured are Charity Spokeswoman Catriona Twomey, and Celebrity Hotelier Francis Brennan.
Charity Spokeswoman Catriona Twomey, and Celebrity Hotelier Francis Brennan at Cork Penny Dinners reveal of the revamp, following a make over from John and Francis Brennan, as part of their RTÉ, At Your Service programme, at Cork Penny Dinners, Little Hanover Street, Cork.

The original building on Little Hanover Street has been totally renovated, and is once again open to provide sustenance and a warm place to sit and eat for the people of Cork.

We would urge you to give generously to the Penny Dinners this Christmas season and to help UCC’s Security Staff to have another hugely successful collection on their behalf this year.

At Your Service airs on RTÉ One on Christmas Day.

 

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