Gala announce €20,000 giveaway

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Gala Gifts for Schools
Actress and presenter, Aoibhin Garrihy is pictured with school children, Jake English and Lauren Keane to mark the launch of the Gala Gifts for Schools initiative, which will see Gala Retail give away a total of €20,000 worth of prize money to Irish primary schools

As part of their 20th birthday celebrations, Gala is giving local Irish primary schools the chance to win part of €20,000 prize.

Gala Retail has announced a new initiative ‘Gala Gifts for Schools’ – which will see the retail group giving away €20,000 to Primary Schools – to mark their 20th year.

One winning primary school will be awarded a €10,000 cash gift, with two runners-up schools benefitting from cash gifts of €5,000 each.

Primary schools from across Ireland are invited to enter the competition by submitting a 30 second video, via the Gala website, telling Gala how their school would benefit from the prize money.

Speaking about Gala Gifts for Schools, CEO of Gala Retail, Gary Desmond says: “This is a milestone year for Gala and we recognise that we wouldn’t be where we are today without the ongoing support of our stores’ communities throughout Ireland.

“Our 20th year is the ideal time for Gala to give back to its communities and we’re hoping that as many schools as possible will enter the competition. We’re looking for creative videos, featuring projects that will help to improve schools and the rounded educational experience that our children enjoy.”

Gala Gifts for Schools was officially launched by actress and presenter, Aoibhin Garrihy, who will also be part of the judging panel, alongside Editor of the Primary Times magazine, Marie O’Reilly.

Speaking at the launch, Aoibhin Garrihy said that this new initiative provides a fantastic opportunity for primary schools across Ireland to secure funds for worthwhile projects within their school, which just sometimes can’t be factored into the core school budget. 

Gala has partnered with Primary Times magazine to promote the Gala Gifts for Schools initiative within schools. Marie O’Reilly, editor of Primary Times says: “Budgets are always tight within schools and often there are very deserving projects that just can’t be facilitated due to budget constraints, and projects not falling within the ‘core curriculum’.”

The Gala Gifts for Schools scheme is now open for entries.  Only one entry may be permitted per school. For more information, T&Cs and how to enter, visit www.gala.ie . Deadline for entries is 26th March 2018.

Featured image credit – Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography Copyright 2018

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