Limerick’s JP McManus has pledged €40m for worthy causes in the Mid-West region, which will be the largest single charitable donation in the history of the State. The Fund will be managed as a sole entity, independent of any existing programmes sponsored by Mr McManus and will aim to support local community initiatives and non-profit organisations throughout the Mid-West of Ireland.
Chaired by JP’s daughter, Sue Ann Foley, the new entity will be operated by a select Committee Group working to enhance the quality of life in local communities and “the less fortunate in society.” The key areas to be focused on will be community development, healthcare development, education development and local infrastructural development.
Commenting on the launch, Sue Ann Foley said,”we are hoping to support vital community efforts to provide better economic and social futures at grass roots level and upwards. By setting up this Fund, we would like to provide an opportunity to focus on the less fortunate in society and direct funds where they are most needed.
Much of the work undertaken by these charities and organisations is done without publicity and attention and their daily needs can easily be overlooked,” said Ms Foley. “I am delighted to be part of this initiative which I hope will give us the opportunity to find out more about the excellent work carried out on the ground by so many local communities and voluntary organisations in the Mid-West.”