Nine organisations from Northern Ireland in the running in the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund

Thursday 5th September 2013 - Nine not-for-profit organisations from across Northern Ireland have been shortlisted to potentially receive funding from the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund. A total of 45 have been shortlisted across the island of Ireland and each project has been recognised for its innovative approach to delivering a programme or initiative that will encourage local communities to lead more balanced, healthy and active lifestyles.

Coca‑Cola Ireland is now calling on members of the public to play their part and vote for the organisation they believe to be the most worthy recipient of funding from the Thank You Fund at One overall winner will receive as much as £21,000 (€25,000) and a further ten organisations will receive £8,000 (€10,000).

The Northern Ireland organisations shortlisted include:

New Lodge Duncairn Community Health Centre, Belfast – seeking support for a new programme to re-educate local people on nutrition and exercise;

Royal Mencap Society - planning to run two events, in Belfast and in Derry, that will allow people with a learning disability, and their families and carers, to come together to play sport and learn about getting and staying healthy;

Northern Ireland Forest School Association – seeking support for a school’s programme where pupils would work with NIFSA to undertake inspirational tasks such as den building;

The Corrymeela Community – planning to introduce an exciting healthy and active lifestyle exercise challenge trail around the perimeter of its residential centre in Ballycastle;

Monkstown Boxing Club – seeking support for an initiative designed to provide young people, from some of the most disadvantaged areas of Newtownabbey, with an opportunity to take part in physical, social and psychological development activities in a controlled and enjoyable environment;

Disability Sports NI – seeking support for the DSNI Boccia Programme which aims to provide people with the highest levels of physical disabilities with an opportunity to take part in Boccia;

Autism Initiatives NI – seeking to further develop its pilot surf programme and establish an Autism Surf Club which will provide on-going lessons for young people and adults with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition;

The Prince's Trust – seeking support for the new Prince’s Trust Centre in Belfast which provides considerable support for disadvantaged young people;

Verbal Arts Centre, Londonderry – seeking support for their programme which will work with dementia patients, building their mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Erica Roseingrave, Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland, today commended the not-for -profit organisations featured on the shortlist.

“Congratulations to the 45 shortlisted organisations. Hundreds of impressive entries were received and appraised by our judging panel and in the end they selected the projects that were the most innovative with the potential to make the maximum difference on the ground by capturing the imagination of communities. Now it’s over to the public to cast their vote for the project they deem most deserving of support from the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund. I would like to wish all shortlisted not-for-profit organisations the best of luck.”

The shortlist was arrived at by a panel of expert judges made up of representatives from each of the Fund’s partners: The Federation of Irish Sport, The Wheel and the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, as well as from Coca‑Cola. The public vote will account for 50% of the total vote, with the judging panel awarding the remaining 50% of votes available.

The complete Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund shortlist is available at, and the public vote will remain open until midnight on Monday 30th September 2013.


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