Inclusion charity boosted by donation from Amazon

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A charity that promotes inclusion for Venezuelans living in Ireland has received a €2,000 donation from the team at Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Dublin.

Venezuelan Community Ireland supports the social inclusion and development of Venezuelan people to positively influence their lives in Ireland. The charity promotes Venezuelan culture, customs and values in Ireland through volunteer groups and community activities.

The donation from Amazon in Dublin will go towards the charity’s ‘Pink is my Strength’ campaign, which aims to raise funds to provide medicines and medical supplies for breast cancer patients in Venezuela.

Speaking on the donation, Darragh Kelly, General Manager at Amazon in Dublin, said “Charities like Venezuelan Community Ireland create important cultural hubs for individuals and families who are settling into life in Ireland, and I am proud to give to the charity on behalf of Amazon. I hope this donation contributes to continued support for those who benefit from its services.”

Karem Djetjian, an employee from Amazon in Dublin who nominated the charity for support, said “I am originally from Venezuela, so I am so pleased that Amazon has donated to Venezuelan Community Ireland, as it is a charity very close to my heart. Thank you, Amazon, for supporting the cause for diversity.” 

Francisco Astudillo from Venezuelan Community Ireland, added “It’s brilliant to receive a donation from the Amazon team in Dublin. We have provided over 23,000 meals to children in poverty, 90kg of medicines and medical supplies to breast cancer patients, and hosted over50 cultural events across Ireland since we were founded, and with this donation, we can do even more – it’s so appreciated.”

The donation to Venezuelan Community Ireland was made as part of Amazon’s programme to support the communities in and around its operating locations in Ireland.

Since opening its doors in 2022, the Dublin fulfilment centre has supported many community organisations locally, with donations totalling over €40,000. Charities supported by the team at the fulfilment centre include Cliona’s Foundation, Jigsaw and LauraLynn Children’s Hospice.

The Amazon fulfilment centre in Dublin, the first of its kind in Ireland, opened in August 2022 providing more than 500 new permanent jobs. The 630,000 square foot centre at Baldonnell Business Park in Dublin holds millions of items that are picked, packed and shipped to customers across Ireland and the rest of Europe. 

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