85 community groups set to benefit from €2m in Dublin Bus change
Voluntary and community groups in Dublin are set to benefit from unclaimed Dublin Bus change.
Every year bus passengers fail to collect more than €2m in change they are owed after paying for bus journeys.
One group short-listed to benefit is the Oxmantown Community Garden, which are hoping to create a garden in Stoneybatter to educate people about how to grow plants.
Meanwhile, Northside Reading Workshop, which supports children with dyslexia, and the Down Syndrome Centre in Sandyford, which are looking to build a occupational therapy room, are also short-listed.
Under the current system operated by Dublin Bus, no change is given to passengers. If passengers deposit more than the required exact fare, the driver issues a change ticket.
To claim the refund, passengers must then present the change ticket, together with the travel ticket, at Dublin Bus headquarters on O'Connell Street.
However, the majority of commuters entitled to refunds do not reclaim their cash.
For the past 13 years the company has put a percentage of unclaimed change to good use by returning it to communities across the greater Dublin area through the Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards.
The 85 groups in the awards will be granted funding ranging from €1,000 to €5,000.
Chief executive officer of Dublin Bus Ray Coyne congratulated the shortlisted groups.
"Dublin Bus is delighted to provide a programme that allows us to directly help the local communities that use our services every day, in order to help raise community spirit and grow new projects.
"I would like to congratulate all of the short-listed groups and thank them for their constant support to the community," Mr Coyne added.
Former Ireland soccer international Niall Quinn will announce the winners when the short-listed groups attend a ceremony at Croke Park on September 24.
The footballer said that he had seen the importance of the awards.
"Since I gave out those first awards over 10 years ago I have seen the value and importance they have brought to communities.
"From essential building repairs to sports equipment they have been an important assistance to community groups across Dublin and I look forward to seeing once again how this year's awards will make a difference to Dublin communities," Mr Quinn added.
Dublin Bus said that it encourages customers to reclaim their change, or to purchase pre-paid tickets or a Leap Card.