Campaign to feed emergency workers continues to raise thousands

by Gary Ibbotson

A GoFundMe campaign setup to help feed front-line and emergency workers during the Covid-19 crisis, has raised over €47,000.

The campaign, called Feed the Heroes, was founded by Cian O’Flaherty on Sunday afternoon (March 15) and by Monday afternoon (March 16) had raised more than €47,000 in donations by 1,500 donors.

The campaign reads: “We can get through #COVID-19 together, but while we are social distancing, our healthcare workers are flat out.

“If you can, donate. We’ll send food regularly to our hard-working healthcare staff using local businesses.  #feedtheheroes.”

The campaign’s website says O’Flaherty was inspired to launch the initiative after seeing that an anonymous person dropped food off for healthcare staff working in the Mater Hospital.

The site reads: “We wanted to do something to say thank you to the people working on the front line.

“And when we saw this tweet, we felt this was something we could help to happen across our health service. So that’s what we’re doing.”

On Sunday evening the campaign delivered food to staff at St Vincent’s University Hospital on behalf of Monsoon in Stillorgan.

“Our final order of the night went to the night shift heroes at Vincent’s Hospital,” the organisers said.

“This from Monsoon in Stillorgan was given to the staff and they wouldn’t accept payment from us.

“We’ll be back though later in the week. Thank you for making this possible.

“The reaction of staff around the country has been incredible. This has made a difference beyond anything we expected and your generosity has blown us all away,” it said.

You can donate to the campaign here:

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