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3 December 2018
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Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many people and in particular for the most vulnerable of those amongst us. This Christmas, with your help, we have donated €20,000 to the Society of St Vincent de Paul to be shared out in the communities we serve. A donation of €4,000 has been given to each of the counties of Wexford, Louth, Kildare, Offaly and Limerick.

This was made possible by AES’ commitment to donating 1% of all online bill payments of €20 or more to charity. This year, we have raised over €80,000 for Irish Charities and local good causes. Since 2014, in total, we have donated €350,000 to date.

AES is delighted to support St Vincent de Paul, who provide a wide range of services for vulnerable people through local offices, shops, resource centres, housing, day-care and holiday schemes. In addition to providing direct assistance to those in need, caring for the homeless, providing social housing, operating holiday homes and other social support activities, the organisation promotes community self-sufficiency, enabling people to help themselves.

St Vincent de Paul is always heavily in demand, especially at Christmas. Commenting on the current level of requests for help SVP National President, Kieran Stafford, said: “Despite improvements in sections of the economy calls for help to St Vincent de Paul remain very high. We expect to receive an estimated 125,000 calls again this year. We depend almost entirely on donations from the public and corporate supporters… to be able to provide this help.  We ask people who want to support our work to please say yes to our Annual Appeal and give locally or online.”

Nichola Mullen, Head of SVP Fundraising, said that in addition to making donations directly there are other options to support at www.svp.ie/appeal. These include the Giving Tree appeal, the Food Appeal and a virtual gift store.