20,000 bales of briquettes Christmas gift for SVP

THE SOCIETY of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) got a major fuel boost this Christmas as Bord na Móna handed over 20,000 bales of briquettes this week.

THE SOCIETY of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) got a major fuel boost this Christmas as Bord na Móna handed over 20,000 bales of briquettes this week.

The ten truckloads of briquettes were presented to the Society by John Keogh, Bord na Móna at the company’s plant in Derrinlough and will give a massive boost to hard pressed families this Christmas.

John Mark McCaffery, SVP’s Head of Social Justice, and Enda Breslin, SVP Area President for Mullingar, were on hand to receive the delivery.

Mr Keogh, Head of Fuels, Bord na Móna said the company was delighted to be handling over 20,000 bales of briquettes to Saint Vincent de Paul. “If stack up this would be ten times the height of Carrauntoohill. This happened because we are hugely aware of the issue of fuel poverty and the sad fact that people are finding it more and more difficult to heat their homes.

“Having a fire in the hearth is vital for many people and that basic need becomes all the more acute at this time of year.”

Mr McCaffery said this is a very large donation and the Society is hugely appreciative of it. “The bottom line is that Bord na Móna’s generosity today will make a great difference to a huge number of people this winter.”

Last week, John Keogh phoned into 2FM’s Breakfast with Hector programme and pledged 10,000 bales of briquettes from Bord na Móna to the Society of Saint de Paul.

At the time, the company also promised to double the pledge if there were 500 donations made to SVP that week.

Mr Keogh said they easily hit the target and it is thought that there were 700 donations at the last count. Bord na Móna was delighted to honour their promise and double the donation to 20,000 bales of briquettes.

The Head of Fuels spoke with 2FM’s Hector Ó hEochagáin and confirmed the donation was taking place as promised.

Speaking on the show, Hector said; “20,000 bales of briquettes is astonishing and we’re thrilled with it. We’re really proud of this and thrilled that Breakfast with Hector was able to channel this.”