The fundraiser, now in its 21st year, has raised over €300,000 since St Luke’s Home held its first lunch. Speaking at the launch in the offices of the Irish Examiner yesterday, St Luke’s chief executive David O’Brien said that Cork businesses have continued to support the cause.
“We get fantastic support. Year after year the business community stand by us and have done for all that time, they’ve been great,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Traditionally, our lunch is very well attended with loyal Cork support returning each year to contribute to this significant fundraiser for the home.
“It takes about €9m to run the home on an annual basis and we are relying very much on State funding for the bulk of it.
“That just isn’t adequate, it never has been, and the difference has to be made up in some form to keep the standards and to maintain the activity level that we have there,” he said.
In addition to his role as chief executive of Glen Dimplex, the world’s largest manufacturer of electrical heating systems, Mr O’Driscoll is an industry partner to the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs and is a member of the National Competitiveness Council of Ireland.
He is also a member of the President’s Consultative Board of his alma mater, University College Cork, and was awarded an honorary OBE for services to British industry.
“We have no doubt Sean’s insights will attract some new support and strongly urge people to book their tables and seats as soon as possible,” Mr O’Brien said.
St Luke’s Home has 128 residents, up to 100 day care clients each week, and provides training through its Education Centre.
lThe St Luke’s Home’s 21st Annual Corporate Lunch will take place at the Maryborough House Hotel on Friday, October 3.
Entry for a table of 10 is €600, or €65 a seat.
Contact Joan Jeffery via email@example.com or 021 4359444 for reservations.