Seamus Coleman has donated €20,000 to a fundraiser organised to help feed frontline workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 'Feed The Heroes' campaign (you can donate here) has raised over €300,000 in a week from 7,500 donors. The initial target was just €250.
The fund was set up by Cian O'Flaherty and Tad McAlister and feeds hardworking staff using local food delivery companies.
"In one week we have dropped over 4000 meals to frontline workers in hospitals, ambulance centres, fire depots, garda stations, contact tracing centres nationwide," the campaign said in an update on Sunday.
"There is a lot more to come next week.
"We have been utterly blown away by the response of the public, and the trust and responsiblity they are giving us to support the family, friends and loved ones they have on the front line. We have ramped up an operation and now have networks across the country.
"Our partners are dropping planned meals in coordination with frontline staff where it's needed. This has been greeted with an incredibly powerful sense of solidarity. You have had an impact.
"You have helped us to become an incredibly important part of the national response to COVID19. That was not what we thought we might do at the start but we're here now and we will step up and make sure your donations go where they can have an impact. We see you all want to let those on the front line know that we appreciate them, we see them and we stand (albeit socially distant) in solidarity with them all."
Among the heroes we dropped into last night were the ICU team at Beaumont Hospital. Last night we reached over €300,000 in donations. Thank you all for you incredible #support. We're here to #feedtheheroes for as long as the emergency lasts.
— feedtheheroes (@feedtheheroes1) March 23, 2020
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