Positive energy flowing from ESB to Field of Dreams

Cork, September 12 2016 – ESB Energy for Generations Fund has awarded funding of €25,000 to Down Syndrome Cork for its inspiring Field of Dreams project at a special cheque presentation in Cork city today

ESB Energy for Generations Fund

Pictured at the announcement of the funding at Down Syndrome Cork, were, Aoife O’Sullivan and Meghan O’Halloran, Down Syndrome Cork Members, with Jerry O’Sullivan, Deputy CEO ESB and Jason Bane, Field of Dreams Board Member. Pic John Sheehan

Jason Bane, Vice Chair of Down Syndrome Cork was delighted to accept the cheque from Jerry O’Sullivan, Deputy CEO ESB. Jason is an ESB employee and actively involved in the Field of Dreams Cork project. He explains, “the Down Syndrome Cork Field of Dreams project is a ground breaking initiative that aims to create a protected work and learning environment for adults with Down syndrome. Once operational, adults can learn new life skills, improve their communication abilities and be provided with meaningful work. We are very fortunate to have land provided by the Munster Agricultural Society. We hope that the project will become a pilot for Ireland to be replicated by other Down Syndrome branches nationwide. The support provided by ESB Energy for Generations Fund is significant and greatly appreciated.”

ESB Energy for Generations Fund

Through its Energy for Generations Fund, ESB has awarded €25,000 to Down Syndrome Cork’s Field of Dreams. Now in its 11th year, the Fund has awarded total funding of €10m to over 400 local and national charities around Ireland since it was launched in 2005, including almost €1million to organisations located in Cork City and County.

Speaking at the cheque presentation, Jerry O’Sullivan, ESB Deputy Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to support this wonderful initiative by Down Syndrome Cork and the great work done by the organisations’ volunteers. This concept of providing a space that nurtures people and produce aligns with our own goal of supporting organisations to provide educational access and support to all people. We wish all those that will participate in the project a fruitful and enjoyable experience.”

Over the past 10 years, ESB has awarded approximately €10million through the ESB Energy for Generations Fund to community-based projects around Ireland. These projects are primarily in the areas of education, suicide prevention and homelessness. Full details on applying for funding including eligibility criteria for projects, can be found here: https://www.esb.ie/acting-responsibly/community-stem-and-the-arts/esb-corporate-responsibility. ESB’s Energy for Generations Fund is open to organisations within the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.