NEW CEO AT PROTESTANT AID

The Chairman Arthur Vincent and the Board of Protestant Aid are pleased to announce the appointment of David Webb as Chief Executive in succession to Robin George who retired recently after 27 years’ service.

A member of Kilternan Parish, David (41) is a qualified Solicitor and partner in the law firm Whitney Moore. Educated at St. Andrew’s College and UCD, he also holds a Higher Diploma in Business & Information Technology from UCD.

He takes up his position in October and will assume responsibility for the various charitable activities of Protestant Aid, under the direction of the Board, including the sheltered housing at Brabazon Trust and St John’s House on Merrion Road.

His appointment comes at an opportune time, with Protestant Aid undertaking a €10 million re-development at St John’s House (in conjunction with the Trustees of St Mary’s House and the Molyneux Home) to create a 56-bed nursing home.

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Recession still bites those in need

While subscriptions and donations to Protestant Aid have thankfully increased in years, it has to be balanced against increasing demand which meant that PA’s charitable giving increased by 11% on the previous year, to €711,200.

There was also an appreciable 33% increase in school fees and expenses grants – up from €159,207 to €211,829 – while General Grants spending increased 19% to €294.869.

 

Any light at the end of the tunnel?

Figures released by the Central Statistics Office state that the number of households at risk from poverty has risen to almost 16%, while another 6.2% of the population were in ‘consistent poverty’.

At the same time, Social Justice Ireland (SJI) says that there is an alarming rise in the rates of child poverty. In a recent report – ‘Health Behaviour in School-aged Children’ – SJI said that one in five children has gone to school or to bed hungry because there was not enough food at home.  This represents a 4% increase on SJI’s previous findings.

Subscriptions and Donations Increase

Protestant Aid recorded an increase in subscriptions and donations in 2011, accounted for by up to 400 new subscribers as a direct result of the Special Fundraising Initiative in 2010. But that has to be balanced against increasing demand which meant that its charitable giving increased by 11% on the previous year, to €711,200.

There was an appreciable 33% increase in school fees and expenses grants – up from €159,207 to €211,829 – while General Grants spending increased 19% to €294.869. Within that latter figure is the €150,000 raised for the Archbishops’ & Bishops’ Special Fund which has now been fully distributed.