Pictured above Gillian McGowran, Marketing Manager of Topaz Energy and Dominic Layden, CEO Aware
Topaz has concluded another exciting chapter in its charity drive announcing a total donation of €360,000 to its charity partner Aware.
Over the past three years Irelands leading fuel and convenience retailer has exceeded its charity targets by pledging the sum to the voluntary organisation which works to provide support, education and information services to people impacted by depression.
The funding for the partnership stemmed from a number of different areas which included forecourt fundraisers across the company’s service stations, charity fun days, corporate events, the Play or Park loyalty programme and also Aware’s national events such as the Aware Christmas Run which Topaz staff have partaken in over the past 3 years.
The total of €360,000 which has been raised over the past three years has exceeded the targets set by both organisations when the partnership was first announced in 2012.
The funding has been crucial for Aware in maintaining and developing its depression and related-mood disorder support services over the past three years. Aware strives to reach as many people as possible, by providing online support options as well as face-to-face options to really make a difference in the lives of people who are faced with depression.
According to Aware CEO Dominic Layden, the support from Topaz has given the organisation great growth opportunities over the past number of years when their support to Irish communities has been needed more than ever.
Dominic Layden, of Aware said:
“Depression and mental health issues are something which face every family at some point in life. Working with Topaz since 2012 has been a really wonderful experience and their support has enabled Aware to reach out to families’ right across the country at a time when many were impacted by financial constraints, emigration and other significant life challenges. A very sincere thanks is due to everyone involved – Topaz staff and customers throughout Ireland – who made this partnership possible and helped to raise these funds for Aware’s work. We greatly appreciate your support for our work.”
Gillian McGowran, Marketing Manager of Topaz Energy added:
“With over 330 stores nationwide, we are at the heart of communities’ right across Ireland and we know the value of the vital support services that Aware provide. Mental health and depression in particular are two very important issues in Irish society and with the great work of Aware, many lives have been changed for the better. We’re privileged to have been a supporter of their work with this partnership over the past three years, building for a better future.”
“I’d also like to thank the wide network of Topaz staff who have been hugely supportive in their efforts as part of this charity initiative and without them, we wouldn’t have been able to reach the fantastic target that we celebrate here today.”