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  • Northside East

Seeds are sown for a healthy GAA club

Sunday, 6th October, 2019 6:00pm
Seeds are sown for a healthy GAA club

Aisling O’Kennedy, Aramark, and Saoirse Webster (5) at the event in O’Toole’s GAA Club. PHOTO: SHANE O’NEILL/SON PHOTOGRAPHIC

Seeds are sown for a healthy GAA club

Aisling O’Kennedy, Aramark, and Saoirse Webster (5) at the event in O’Toole’s GAA Club. PHOTO: SHANE O’NEILL/SON PHOTOGRAPHIC

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MANY hands make light work was the motto at a Northside GAA club recently when a company sent 50 of its employees to  give a dig out at its premises.  

As part of Aramark’s ongoing commitment to health and wellness, more than 50 chefs, dietitians and other employees gathered at O’Toole’s GAA Club to build a vegetable garden to help inspire local families to make healthier food, nutrition and lifestyle choices.

Shane Flynn, managing director for Food Services and Facilities Management, Aramark Ireland, said involving local children in a gardening initiative can do more than just cultivate green fingers. 

“It is a great way to help young children understand where their food comes from and gain life skills in gardening and cooking at an early age - all while fostering an interest in healthy eating and reinforcing better eating habits,” said Mr Flynn. 

“Nutrition and gardening are a perfect marriage to promote good health. Children are naturally curious, so it’s really just about piquing that interest. Through the garden, children will gain an appreciation for the origin of their food. 

“By actively participating in planting and caring for vegetables, they are learning how to grow their own food; how to prepare their own food; and how to have fun doing both.”

Frank Gleeson, President Aramark, Northern Europe, said: “Our annual Aramark Building Community (ABC) Day is part of our year-round dedication to our mission of enriching and nourishing lives.

“This new garden really brings our mission to life and perfectly leverages our team’s skills to empower local families to lead healthier lives and succeed.”

Gerry Corry, chairman of O’Toole’s GAA Club said they were “blown away” by the passion and energy of the Aramark team. 

“We welcomed 50 volunteers to the site and they have each made a tangible contribution to our club that will stay with us well into the future,” said Mr Corry.

“I am delighted with our vegetable garden and the fantastic work the team carried out across the site to support our members.

“We have nearly 1,200 members and I know they will all be so excited to watch our vegetables grow in the coming months – especially our 700 younger members. Aramark have promised us they will come back in spring to give educational talks to our members on how to make the most of our vegetables! A huge ‘well done’ goes to Frank, Shane and the team.”

Aisling O’Kennedy, Aramark, and Saoirse Webster (5) at the event in O’Toole’s GAA Club. PHOTO: SHANE O’NEILL/SON PHOTOGRAPHIC

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