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Business networking event to aid the Cork Christmas Food Appeal

‘Connect – Linking Business & Charity’ are delighted to announce that the Cork Lions Club Christmas Food Appeal will be the beneficiary of the next business networking event, planned for Thursday, 24th November at the Gresham Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork.

The establishment of ‘Connect – Linking Business & Charity’ in October 2010 created a forum for charities to raise funds and create awareness of their cause. For businesses, it promotes their company and supports the charity while also getting something in return through effective business networking. This unique concept links local businesses and charities to the mutual benefit of both sides.

Cork Lions CLub

The Cork Lions Club has provided over 50 years of dedicated service to the community within the Cork area, fundraising for a large range of charitable initiatives. With these tough economic times, basic food requirements are a serious problem for many families, especially during the Christmas season. Last year the club provided 300 food hampers for the needy over this period and unfortunately the situation has not improved. The Cork Lions Club expects a big increase in the numbers of requests for food hampers this year and the Connect event hopes to help address these needs.

Connect events commence at 5.45 with open networking, followed by a short presentation from the nominated charity. Before the excitement of the speed networking starts, five business cards are drawn, giving winners the opportunity for a one minute elevator pitch. The speed sessions then take place for 40 minutes. Finally, everyone can relax and take part in some casual networking in the bar to follow up on business leads, finishing up at approximately 8 p.m.

Linking business & charity

Christopher Allander, President of Cork Lions Club, says that “the Club are delighted that ‘Connect – Linking Business & Charity’ have selected the Lions Club’s Christmas Food Appeal as the beneficiary of the proposed business networking event at the Gresham Metropole Hotel on the 24th November. It will provide the business people of Cork, who have always been excellent supporters of the Club’s fundraising initiatives, with a timely opportunity to contribute to our Christmas Food Appeal, as well as potentially benefiting their businesses by the networking opportunities provided. It is a definite win-win opportunity for both sides in these difficult economic times.”

The inaugural ‘Connect – Linking Business & Charity’ event took place last November in aid of Cork Simon, with a second event taking place in March for the Cork ARC Cancer Support House. The key players from the local business sector in Cork behind ‘Connect – Linking Business & Charity’ are Margot Mulcahy, MD at MDMpr; Allan Cuthbert, MD at Financial Wellbeing; Professional photographer, Diane Cusack and Gwenda Hughes, sales and marketing manager at the Quality Hotel, Youghal.

Connect – Linking Business & Charity’ and the Cork Lions Club are most appreciative to the Gresham Metropole Hotel for being the supporting venue for this business and charity occasion.

The fee for participation is just €20 and all monies raised go directly to the nominated charity at the end of each event. Further information on ‘Connect – Linking Business & Charity’ events can be found by visiting

Register now

To register and book your place: Please email including your name, business & full contact details. Alternatively, you can register and donate in advance by visiting

For further information: contact Margot Mulcahy or Tel. 021 4812382/086 8045468