Spirit Awards just the ticket - Niall
HE may have hung up his boots over a decade ago, but Niall Quinn knows team spirit is everything.
The former Ireland striker (48) stayed true to his Dublin roots as he launched the Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards.
Joined by members of the Diamond Twirlers, Age Action, Clondalkin Gymnastics, Liffey Celtic Basketball Club and Bay City Boxing Club, the businessman urged community groups in the greater Dublin area to apply for the awards.
Any voluntary group in areas served by Dublin Bus is eligible to apply for a grant of €1,000, €2,000 or €5,000.
"From musical equipment to building repairs, the awards have provided crucial help to these communities and I hope every voluntary group in Dublin applies," said Niall.
The money for the grants comes from change left unclaimed when Dublin Bus customers overpay their fare.
Dublin Bus boss Paddy Doherty said the awards programme is a way of giving back to the communities served by public transport.
"Dublin Bus, with the help of Dubliners, is putting long-term unclaimed change to good use in communities across the city. We want to help support the communities we serve," he said.
Last year, 86 groups received funds, including Age Action, Nurture and the Laura Brennan Charitable Trust.
Community Spirit Awards application forms are available from www.dublinbus.ie/csiapplication. The closing date for entries is May 29, and successful applicants will be notified from August onwards.