Deliveroo has partnered with the National Missing Persons Helpline in a bid to raise awareness of missing people in Ireland and help bring missing loved ones home this Christmas.
The partnership's campaign, which will run in Dublin and Cork throughout December, will initially feature images of four missing people on Deliveroo riders' food bags to raise awareness of these cases.
Trevor Deely, who was last seen on Dublin's Baggot Street, Gerard Taylor, who was last seen in the Dublin suburb of Sandyford, Barry Coughlan, who was last seen in the Co. Cork village of Crosshaven and Mark Smyth, who was last seen in the Co. Louth town of Ardee, are the four missing people whose image will initially be featured on riders' food bags.
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Deliveroo has donated €10,000 to the National Missing Persons Helpline to help the organisation extend its family support service to locations outside of Dublin. The food delivery firm is also enabling its customers to make a financial contribution to the charity via the Deliveroo app throughout December.
Hoping To "Help Reunite Missing People With Their Friends And Family"
Deliveroo country manager Michael Healy stated, "The brilliant work of the National Missing Persons Helpline is life-changing for families. We knew we wanted to help them with their important work. Our riders are visible across Dublin and Cork. They are at the heart of our business and want to play a part in the communities they work in.
"We hope that over the festive period our 'Bring Them Home' campaign will help reunite missing people with their friends and family, as well as raise awareness of the National Missing Persons Helpline's work and all the families they support."
Meanwhile, Dermot Browne of the National Missing Persons Helpline commented, "Christmas is a special time when families come together to celebrate the holiday and renew their special bond. However, amidst all of the glitter, flashing lights and present giving, families of the missing will be seeing that empty chair at the Christmas table and remembering a time when their loved one was sat there.
"We hope this partnership with Deliveroo and our Bring Them Home campaign will raise awareness of those who are missing and help reunite families. We urge everyone in Cork and Dublin to keep an eye out for passing Deliveroo riders. We are always hopeful that this leads to a positive outcome for the families of missing persons."
If anyone has any information on any of the appeals featured in the "Bring Them Home" campaign, they should contact the National Missing Persons Helpline on 1890 442 552 of leave a message on the "Bring Them Home" line at 1800 911 999. These services are confidential service and callers may remain anonymous if they wish.
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