It’s been announced today that Just Eat, Bank of Ireland and TKMaxx are the proud corporate partners of RTÉ Does Comic Relief.
Broadcasting live from the RTÉ studios this Friday from 8pm, stars from the world of comedy, entertainment and sport are pulling out all the stops to create a very special event to raise much needed funds for Irish charities.The show, which will be a mix of comedy sketches, special musical performances, lipsyncs, dance and sports challenges, is produced by RTÉ in association with Kite Entertainment. All the funds raised will be distributed to Irish charities by The Community Foundation for Ireland.
Just Eat will be donating €1 from each order made on Friday 26th June direct to the RTÉ Does Comic Relief.
Commenting on the partnership, Just Eat Managing Director, Amanda Roche Kelly said;“RTÉ Does Comic Relief is a fantastic celebration of Irish talent coming together to support Irish communities as we support each other to emerge from this crisis. Just Eat is thrilled to be supporting the event by donating €1 euro for every Just Eat order received this Friday. It adds up to a great night in – and all in support of very worthy causes.”
Bank of Ireland have made a significant donation direct to the RTÉ Does Comic Relief fund.
Henry Dummer, Bank of Ireland CMO said; “As we look to the future it’s vitally important that the fantastic community groups and charities that have kept us all going continue to be supported. We’ve already donated €1m to the Community Foundation for Ireland so we know the superb job they do to get help to where it is needed most. Thank you to RTÉ and all the amazing talent who are giving their time for such a great cause. It’s bound to be an uplifting occasion for all sorts of good reasons’’.
TK Maxx have also come on board as a proud partner of the event.
Deborah Dolce, Group Brand and Marketing Director at TK Maxx and Homesense Europe said, “TK Maxx is passionate about supporting local charities in the communities in which we live and operate. We are proud to support RTÉ Does Comic Relief to help vulnerable groups in Ireland impacted by Covid 19”.
John McHugh, RTÉ Head of Entertainment, “We would like to thank the corporate partners who have come on board and so generously donated to the RTÉ Does Comic Relief fund. We’re very excited to bring tomorrow night’s show packed full of so many talented artists to viewers. We’re all excited and united in our mission to raise as much as we can for Irish charities”.
Darren Smith, Kite Entertainment and the Irish Comic Relief steering group said, “On behalf of the Irish Comic Relief steering group, I would like to thank all of the corporate sponsors who have so generously donated to the RTÉ Does Comic Relief fund. This along with all of the public’s donations will make a real difference to Irish charities who have been severely impacted by the Covid 19 crisis over the last few months”.
Just Eat is part of Just Eat Takeaway.com, a leading global online food delivery marketplace.
In Ireland, Just Eat has over 2,500 takeaway restaurants online and consumers can access their favourite local eateries for lunchtime and evening options with a choice of over 40 cuisines. More than 80% of customers order either via the app or on mobile device with the Just Eat app downloaded over 2 million times since it was launched in Ireland five years ago.
TK Maxx is passionate about supporting local charities in the communities in which we live and operate. TK Maxx Ireland is a longstanding partner of Enable Ireland supporting families and children with disabilities across Ireland for over 15 years. The TK Maxx & Homesense Foundation established a two-part funding programme worth £1.7 million to join the fight against Covid-19 and its effects on communities across Europe, including grants to the Red Cross Ireland and mental health charity Aware. TK Maxx supports Comic Relief in the UK and since 2005, together with its customers, has raised over £25 million for Comic Relief, helping vulnerable children in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest communities.
Bank of Ireland
Bank of Ireland’s purpose is to enable its customers, colleagues and communities to thrive. The Group is one of the largest financial services providers in Ireland, offering a wide range of banking and other financial services and operating Ireland’s largest retail branch network. In the UK, the Group has long-established partnerships with the Post Office and the AA providing consumer financial services. The Group’s international business is conducted by its Corporate Banking and Global Markets teams operating from Dublin, London, and offices in continental Europe and the United States.
About The Community Foundation for Ireland
The Community Foundation for Ireland believes in a fair, caring and vibrant Ireland for now and the future. We work with individuals, families, corporates and other trusts and foundations to enable strategic and impactful giving.
We have been in existence since 2000 and last year we gave out €8.15 million to communities in Ireland and abroad. We have extensive experience of grant-making from working with over 4,000 non-profit organisations at a national, regional and local level throughout Ireland and overseas. With over 1,800 community foundations globally, the community foundation model is proven and effective model for social change.
All funds raised from the RTÉ Does Comic Relief campaign will be ring-fenced and distributed by the Community Foundation for Ireland as grants following an open call which will be held in July/August 2020. The fund will be used to support communities around Ireland in the recovery and rebuilding stage after the Covid-19 lock down, helping society to adjust to the new realities. The open call will invite charities and community and voluntary groups to apply for grants to help them support those most in need due to Covid-19.
For more information, please visitwww.communityfoundation.ie
About Comic Relief’s activities in Ireland
Comic Relief’s activities in Ireland have been spearheaded by comedian Deirdre O’Kane, TV producer Darren Smith, Talent Agent Jane Russell, Advertising Exec Patrick Hickey, Accountant Ciaran Medlar and Lawyer David Phelan. This group is working in conjunction with RTÉ, Comic Relief International and the Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI) across all aspects of the campaign. The group founders have previously staged three gala nights of stand-up comedy at the 3Arena; the shows raised more than €600k, which has been distributed by CFI to a variety of Irish charities such as Focus Ireland, The Simon Community and Trocaire.
‘RTÉ Does Comic Relief’ is a licensee of Comic Relief Limited. Since its inception in 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1 billion to support people living incredibly tough lives both in the UK and internationally. Through humour and stories of hope, we’ve shown that people can make a massive difference. We fund amazing organisations who are working on the ground to support the most vulnerable people and communities in society including many of those hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis. This includes vulnerable children and young people, people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty, women and families at risk of domestic abuse and those struggling with existing or new mental health problems.
For more info visit www.comicrelief.com
Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)