DAA Staff Charity of the Year Programme
Since the launch of the DAA Staff Charity of The Year programme in 2007, over €750,000 has been donated by the DAA to a range of national charities.
Each year staff vote to select a Charity of the Year. A staff charity committee is responsible for liaising with the successful charity to organise fund raising events involving staff and facilities. Throughout the year the committee informs staff on the results of their fundraising efforts.
The first year of the Staff Charity programme in 2007 saw the DAA raise €127,000 for the Irish Hospice Association. €142,000 was raised for The Children’s Medical & Research
Foundation, Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin in 2008. 2009
saw the DAA donate €160,000 to Irish Autism Action. In 2010, the DAA donated €175,000 to the Beaumont Hospital Foundation,
more than half of this was raised though staff fundraising events.
In January 2011, staff fundraised for 3Ts - Turn the Tide of Suicide. 3Ts - Turn the Tide of Suicide was founded in 2003 to raise awareness of the issue of suicide in Ireland and to raise funds to help prevent further suicide deaths. The chosen Staff Charity for 2012 was Barettstown.
Dublin Airport has been closely involved for many years with various community projects and local sporting clubs in the Fingal area including close associations with St Margaret's GAA Club, Naomh Mearnog GAA Club and with St Sylvester's GAA Club.
Local Schools Project
Dublin Airport works closely with many schools in the Fingal area. Once project involved the introduction of a Sensory Garden at St Cronan's National School, Swords in the autumn of 2008. The garden is intended to be a source of learning, fun and therapeutic care to the children of the school. The garden was designed with the help of Dublin Airport's Gardening and Carpenter departments and features a vegetable section to teach children about healthy eating and a sensory theme encouraging children to enjoy the different textures, smells and colours of the outdoors.
Young Musician of the Year
Dublin Airport has had a long association with the Young Musician of the Year programme. In particular the DAA has enjoyed a 30 year relationship with the Malahide Young Musician and 23 years with the Swords Young Musician of the Year Competitions. Both these competitions are aimed at encouraging young people to achieve their own potential and to enjoy making music.
Cork Airport has, for many years, been closely involved with various community projects and local sporting clubs in the Ballygarvan area. The airport is also particularly proud of its long association with international events held in Cork each year such as the Cork St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival, Cork City Sports, the Cork International Choral Festival and the Cork Jazz Festival.
The airport is also a founding partner of the Cork Marketing Partnership which was established in 2007 to undertake Cork promotional initiatives and to develop and promote business tourism and assist in promoting economic development in the Cork region.
The Cork Marketing Partnership is an initiative that brings together Cork City Council, Cork County Council, the Cork Chamber, the Irish Hotel Federation – Cork, the Cork Business Association, the Port of Cork, Fáilte Ireland South West Region and Cork Airport.