The Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund (IGBF) has been revealed as the official charity for this year’s Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards.
It will be the second consecutive year the charity will partner the awards, and it is hoped the generosity of last year’s finalists will be equalled, if not outdone.
Founded over 30 years ago, by Tim Nolan and the late Gerry Duffy, the nationally-registered charity provides financial relief for people in the retail, wholesale, and supplier trade sectors.
Since then, enormous assistance has been provided to relieve hardship amongst unemployed and retired members and their spouses, who have fallen on difficult times because of ill health or bereavement.
The charity currently assists nearly 300 families and individuals on a monthly basis, and contributes over €650,000 annually on welfare support.
The IGBF assists widows and orphans of members of the trade, elderly and retired members in need, members whose dependents are seriously ill, those in need of nursing care either at home or institutionally, and those facing hardship from prolonged unemployment.
The charity is building awareness about its work, encouraging the industry to get involved to help find solutions to the hardships facing many former and current industry colleagues.
This year’s Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards take place on the 11th of September at Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel.
Seats are still available at the show and more information on booking can be found here.