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Cook Medical donate more than €23,000 to Novas as part of their charity partnership

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Cook Medical Novas donation – pictured are Charlotte Azzopard (left) and Petra Hayes (right) of Cook Medical presenting Una Burns of Novas, Limerick with a cheque for the amount of €23,437 on behalf of Cook Medical. Picture: Alan Place.

Cook Medical donate more than €23,000 to Novas as part of their charity partnership

By I Love Limerick correspondent David Towey

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Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Daniel Butler, and Angela Moloney, director of Ethics & Compliance, EMEA, at Cook Medical (centre) pictured with charity recipients from the 23rd Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon. Picture: Alan Place.

Cook Medical has donated €23,437 to Novas as part of a charity partnership between the two organisations. For the past three years, Cook Medical has raised more than €40,000 for the homeless charity including sponsoring their Annual Sleep-Out for the past three years.

Novas established its first service in Limerick where they provided a temporary supported, low-threshold accommodation service in response to the number of homeless people in Limerick City. Thanks to the hard work of their volunteers and generous donations they have been able to increase their facilities and branch into other areas in the Munster region.

Throughout the last three years, Cook Medical staff have volunteered their time and resources and raised huge amounts of money for the Limerick-based homeless charity. Una Burns, Head of Policy and Communications with Novas described the partnership as “a very enriching experience” adding, “This Cook Medical Novas donation will provide vital funds for our services on the ground, staff and management. Cook Medical took a very hands-on approach to the partnership. Before the pandemic staff participated in many volunteer days; painting, gardening and general upkeep of our services as well as participating in and organising a range of fundraising events. 

Throughout the pandemic they continued to be a wonderful source of support, being innovative and agile in developing new ways to make the partnership successful and meaningful during the lockdown periods, offering practical advice and donating PPE for our frontline workers when it was scarce on the ground!”

She went on to say, “Cook Medical has been the primary sponsor of our Annual Sleep-Out for three years. This is our single largest fundraising event of the year, and we are immensely grateful for the support in helping us to grow the event throughout the Munster region.”

Bill Doherty, Executive Vice President for EMEA and Managing Director of Cook Medical Europe, noted of the partnership, “we were delighted to work with Novas and to support the valued services they provide in Limerick and surrounding areas. The work they do is so important, and I would like to thank our employees who helped enrich this partnership. It’s uplifting to see that so many were willing to make a positive difference to our local community. We are honoured to make this Cook Medical Novas donation.”

The most recent donation by Cook Medical is funding the development of an art therapy centre in Brother Russell House. Brother Russell House provides supported accommodation for people experiencing homelessness with intellectual, physical and sensory disabilities.

Art therapy has proved a very successful way of supporting residents to address trauma. With no space available in the building, the staff and management of Cook Medical identified this as a project they wished to get involved with and help create a dedicated space for residents. The centre will be completed by the end of March.

Cook Medical 23rd Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon raised an amazing €43,177 for charity this year. The marathon took place in September 2021. The €43,177 raised will be distributed to local and national charities. 

Angela Moloney, Director of Ethics and Compliance, EMEA, at Cook Medical, said, “Cook Medical has a long-standing commitment to the people of Limerick and the Midwest, dating back to our arrival in 1996. As part of this commitment, we’re proud to sponsor such an important event, which promotes health and fitness, while also giving back to charities that need it now more than ever.”

 

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