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By I love Limerick Correspondent Ethan Glavin

St Munchin’s Community Centre was chosen to be part of the Community Fund programme by Tesco Arthur’s Quay along with Novas Initiatives and Corbett Suicide Prevention.

As part of this campaign, three collection cylinders will be set up at the front of the store, one for each organisation. The collection boxes are however not for money, but for Tesco Community Fund tokens, which will be given to customers with every transaction they make at the store during the six weeks of the campaign. For the time being, Tesco Arthur’s Quay will be informing their customers about the three causes with in-store signs, as well as through their social media channels. Customers can then place the token in the box of their chosen good cause. Here’s a short summary of the three organisations:




St Munchin’s Community Centre is run by a voluntary management committee, and aim to create a community space that is inclusive of everyone from all walks of life. Furthermore they provide a range of facilities to community groups and individuals, including computers and photocopying, as well as offering practical assistance in the development of new groups and initiatives, and improving existing facilities. All of this is offered, while also offering different services and classes to the local community. You can read more about them on their website.

The Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol (CSPP) is a Limerick based voluntary group who patrol between the four bridges of Limerick City, looking out for people in distress, or those who may be contemplating suicide, to offer support. All members volunteering with the group have taken the ASIST training course and have basic first aid training to tend to members of the public that may have been injured in any way. CSPP rely entirely on volunteers and donations from the public to fund their equipment, and make their work possible.

And last, but certainly not least, on the list of organisations is Novas Initiatives, a voluntary agency that works with families, children and single adults from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as with people who are homeless or at risk thereof. They focus on catering to people, that are excluded or can’t avail of mainstream services and agencies. Novas Initiatives say they start where others stop.

At the end of the six weeks, the tokens in each box will be counted and a €1000 donation will be divided between St Munchin’s Community Centre, Corbett Suicide Prevention and Novas Initiatives. The donation to each organisation will be proportionate to the amount of tokens in their respective collection cylinders.

Keep an eye out to see which organisations your local Tesco stores support.

You can also read more about St Munchin’s here, on their website or on Facebook.
Find more information on the Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol visit their websiteor read more about them here.
Visit Novas Initiatives website, or read more about them here.


Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.