‘SUPPORTING VULNERABLE PEOPLE’ Paul Coffey, Allergan International Foundation trustee. Pic: Michael McLaughlin
Allergan has announced this week that the Allergan International Foundation (AIF) has awarded a €18,000 charitable grant to ALONE to aid in its efforts to support the local community in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The donation to ALONE is part of a $2 million global donation effort by the Allergan International Foundation to support more than 70 organisations helping communities around the world who have been impacted by Covid-19.
The AIF grant to ALONE will support the group’s efforts in meeting the needs of older people in Ireland, including the management of a national helpline for older people in collaboration with the Department of Health, the HSE, and local authorities. ALONE has received more than 5,500 calls to their national helpline following the introduction of cocooning measures nationwide, and is adding further staff members to answer phone calls to meet the increasing demand.
Commenting on the support for ALONE, Paul Coffey, Westport based Trustee of the AIF said:
“Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, ALONE has been a vital source of information and reassurance for our elderly communities in Ireland. ALONE provides services such as housing support, befriending, and campaigns for change to hundreds of older people every week, and their supports have become increasingly important during the Covid-19 outbreak. We are grateful to be able to contribute to their role in supporting vulnerable people in our communities during this challenging time, and hope that this donation will aid the further expansion of their services to respond to Covid-19.”
In response to the donation, Seán Moynihan, CEO of Alone said: “We are so grateful to the Allergan International Foundation for their generosity and support during what is an extremely difficult period for many older people in Ireland, with many facing increasingly challenging circumstances due to Covid-19 restrictions. Support from groups like the Allergan International Foundation enables us to continue to provide our vital services and we would like to thank them for their wonderful assistance. This donation will help us to provide our services during the Covid-19 crisis and into the future.”
Commenting on the global programme, Brent Saunders, Chairman of the AIF, said:
“The goal of these grants is to put much needed financial help in the hands of organizations who support vulnerable people in need of food, housing, healthcare and mental health services as quickly as possible as communities continue to manage the impact of Covid-19. We are humbled by the care these frontline organisations provide to people in local communities, and are proud to add them to the many organisations we support who are making a difference in the health and wellbeing of our communities during this time.”
In addition to ALONE, the AIF is providing grants to organisations across many countries where Allergan employees live and work including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Allergan plc, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is a global integrated speciality pharmaceutical leader focused on developing, manufacturing and commercialising branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical and regenerative medicine products for patients around the world.
Allergan employs up to 2,000 people in Ireland where its roots stem back over 40 years. Allergan’s operations in Ireland have grown significantly since it first developed and opened its Westport plant on a greenfield IDA site in Westport in 1977.
For more information, visit Allergan’s website at www.Allergan.com.