Dublin Bus Spirit Awards just the ticket reveals Niall Quinn
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.
"I've seen the difference these grants make to local community groups and their members, young and old," said Niall.
"From musical equipment to building repairs, the awards have provided crucial help to these communities and I hope every voluntary group in Dublin applies."
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.
"We're proud it has gone from strength to strength over the last 11 years," he said.
"Dublin Bus, with the help of Dubliners, is putting long-term unclaimed change to good use in communities across the city. Commuters support us every day , and we want to help support the communities we serve."
Last year, 86 groups received funds, including good causes such as Age Action, Nurture and the Laura Brennan Charitable Trust.
Other organisations to benefit from the scheme included disability groups, community development projects, youth clubs and sports clubs.
Community Spirit Awards application forms are available from www.dublinbus.ie/csiapplication. More than 1,800 groups have received awards over the past 11 years.
The closing date for entries is May 29, and successful applicants will be notified from August onwards.