RTÉ 2fm has launched the nationwide ‘Give a Gift’ Campaign for St Vincent de Paul and will broadcast Live from Benetton Window on St. Stephens Green, Grafton Street, Dublin, Friday December 5th.
It’s the first year of the ‘Give a Gift’ campaign, which will be led by 2fm presenters, including Ryan Tubridy, Bernard O’ Shea, Jennifer Maguire, Nicky Byrne & Jenny Greene, Rick O’Shea, Colm Hayes, Eoghan McDermott and Lottie Ryan, and which collects gifts to distribute to families in need.
On Friday December 5th, 2fm will broadcast all the shows in the 6am-7pm time slots (‘Breakfast Republic’, ‘Tubridy’, ‘The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene’, ‘Rick in the Afternoon’ and Colm Hayes’ ‘Driveby’) live from the Benetton window on St. Stephens Green at the top of Grafton Street in Dublin, and some of the biggest names in Irish music and entertainment will be popping by to contribute on the day.
The ‘Give a Gift’ campaign for St. Vincent de Paul will be visiting 140,000 families from now until the end of the year to help them with food, fuel and gifts this Christmas. Listeners will be able to donate an unwrapped gift to any Aldi staff member at any of the 112 Aldi stores nationwide from Monday 24th November to Friday 5th December, 2014, or they can log onto the St Vincent dePaul, 2FM or ALDI web sites to buy a gift in the virtual store.
Head of 2fm Dan Healy said: “We are delighted to be involved in this campaign with St Vincent de Paul and Aldi. It’s a great cause and 2fm wants to make sure that everyone has what they need for this festive season. If you’re in Dublin on the 5th of December, make sure to come along to our radiothon on St. Stephen’s Green as we will have a lot of well known faces, high profile guests and one or two surprises on the day!”
Geoff Meagher, National President of St. Vincent de Paul: “We are extremely grateful to Aldi and to 2fm for organising this campaign. It comes at a crucial time of the year for many families who are struggling to put food on the table, keep the lights on and ensure that their children can experience some Christmas joy. There is a spirit of helplessness among many families we visit and the public support for this campaign will help our members raise those spirits.”
Aldi’s Group Buying Director Rob Farrell said: “St Vincent de Paul have been Aldi Ireland’s chosen charity partner since 2012 and we are delighted to be working with them this Christmas to make sure that they can collect as many gifts as possible for families in local communities.”