Journalists raise over €37,000 for Dublin Simon Community

The Business Journalists Association of Ireland (BJAI) raised over €37,000 for the Dublin Simon Community at their annual Corporate Challenge quiz, held Wednesday (22nd March) at the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. This is the 20th year that the Corporate Challenge quiz has taken place and Fleishman-Hillard was the overall winners of the quiz beating stiff competition from Teneo and Gordon MRM.

Pictured is the FleishmanHillard team: James Hallam, Head of Health; Michael Moriarty, Associate Director of Corporate; Paul Bradley, Head of Corporate; Astrid Brennan, Director of Brand Marketing with Ellie Donnelly, Business Post.

RTE’s Bryan Dobson returned as quizmaster and Niamh Brennan adjudicated on the night. An Post supported the event in the GPO with The Reputations Agency working closely with the BJAI on all elements of the fundraising project including the media, sponsorship and event management. The Corporate Challenge is open to all companies interested in helping to raise funds for Dublin Simon Community and attracts top corporates every year.

Catherine Kenny, Dublin Simon Community, said, “The BJAI Corporate Challenge fundraising initiative continues to be a vitally important event for Dublin Simon Community. At a time when homelessness is increasing at a frightening rate, we now more than ever rely on independent fundraising initiatives like this to support the work we do.  We’d like to express our thanks to the BJAI for their enduring support as our long-term partner. We also want to thank the many supporters who contributed in their own way to make tonight’s event a great success.”

Speaking at the event, Irish Independent Business Editor and BJAI chair Donal O’Donovan, said, “As journalists the Corporate Challenge is an opportunity to use our skills and contacts for a really important cause. I want to thank everyone who supported the event as sponsors, by taking a table, by providing a spot prize or simply by turning up to make the quiz such a fantastic evening. Every contribution helped raise those funds .”


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