Aer Lingus celebrates 10 Years Making a Difference

ver 120 Aer Lingus volunteers transformed the school grounds of St. Finian’s National School in Finglas

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Aer Lingus celebrates 10 Years of giving back to their local community, as over 120 Aer Lingus employees volunteered their day to help transform the grounds of local school, St. Finian’s National School in Finglas, Dublin.

The day was part of the Make a Difference Day initiative, the largest annual employee volunteer event to take place at Aer Lingus and the 10thyear of its involvement. 

Employees from across all departments at the airline including cabin crew, engineers, pilots, operations control, catering, planning, ground operations, IT, corporate affairs, communications, marketing, finance, legal and HR, pitched in to transform the outdoor grounds of the school. 

Aer Lingus Captain, Gareth Wood ,Andreea Chelaru Technical Standards Engineer in Maintenance and Engineering in Aer Lingus and Fiona Dunne Senior Cabin Crew., with Hallie Mae Burke, 4th class, St. Finian’s National School

Volunteers set to work from 9am to complete the school’s wish list including transforming the outdoor courtyard into useable spaces complete with seating for outdoor classroom activity with shade and cover from the changeable Irish weather. The Aer Lingus team set out to construct fencing, seating, and planters around the school grounds. Centre stage will be an inspiring art mural which has been installed in the outdoor spaces. 

Aer Lingus employees Eimear Crossan, Elaine Fry, Mariana Cavazzani and Nicola Connolly.

Maria O’ConnellPrinciple at St. Finian’s National School, said, “We are delighted to have such a big volunteer turn out from Aer Lingus here with us today. There has been great anticipation and build up and all the pupils are so excited to see their school outdoor area being transformed. 

‘’We set Aer Lingus a big challenge for the day, so a big thank you to them for their hard work and dedication to completing our wish list of projects today. It’s wonderful for our pupils to feel so special that the Aer Lingus team took time to come to our school to make a difference.’’

Donal Moriarty, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Aer Lingus said, “This year, Aer Lingus marks 10 years of making a difference in our local communities. Over the years our employees have made a real impact to local schools and Make a Difference Day has become the most anticipated and biggest volunteering event at Aer Lingus. We’re thrilled to be at St. Finian’s National School in Finglas today and our Aer Lingus volunteers have been hard at work transforming the school grounds for the benefit of the 260 pupils. We hope it will make the pupils of St. Finian’s happy and that the work done today will inspire and motivate the pupils for generations to come.’’

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