Who are we
We are an organisation that helps each other, within the Retail and Grocery Sector.
We embrace and are passionate in our quest to tackle the challenges which our colleagues face because we are motivated by the difference we can make to our colleague’s lives.
We are committed to the highest levels of ethics, respect, honesty, transparency, consistency and impartiality in dealings with all stakeholders.
We aspire to improve the lives of all colleagues in need.
Above all else, we are committed to the improvement in the lives of our colleagues in need.
Our mission is to enrich their lives by engaging with and involving as many colleagues as possible in raising much needed funds so as to meet such needs and maintain the long-term viability and sustainability of the Fund
The Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund (IGBF), founded over 30 years ago, by Mr. Tim Nolan and the late Mr. Gerry Duffy is a national registered charity assisting people in the retail, wholesale and supplier trade sectors.
The objective of the fund is to provide financial relief for persons in need who have been involved in these trade sectors.
For over 30 years, enormous assistance has been provided to relieve hardship amongst all employed, unemployed and retired members and their spouses, who have fallen on difficult times because of ill health or bereavement.
The charity currently assists nearly 250 families monthly and will contribute over €560,000 annually on welfare support. The breadth and depth of support is inclusive of annual annuities and crisis grants.
The Fund is a registered charity – No. 6577 and also a registered friendly society – No. 1775F; CRA No. 20012403.
Historically the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund has been a very successfully run welfare charity, supported by the leading companies in the retail, wholesale, food and drink and services industries.
All individuals, who due to difficult circumstances, find themselves in need of a helping hand, are considered for an IGBF Grant. This is managed through our strictly confidential Welfare process
The IGBF has also set about to build awareness within the industry and the charity world of its the work and encourages the industry to get involved to help find solutions to the hardship facing many former and current industry colleagues.
…AND WHY THE CAMEL?
The camel is a the well known logo for the IGBF and has been associated with the food trade since the Middle Ages when it was first adopted as a symbol of the Company of Pepperers and Spicers in the thirteenth century. The laden camel symbolised spices being brought by camel train from the East for shipment to the countries of Western Europe.
When the Worshipful Company of Grocers was formed in the sixteenth century, they incorporated the Company of Pepperers and Spicers and adopted the camel as the surmounter of their arms. Later in the twentieth century, following an agreement with the Worshipful Company, the camel was adopted and always pointed in the opposite direction to that of the Pepperers and Spicers surmounter. Over the years, the camel has been stylised and gradually changed in to the form shown here which is introduced in September 2013.
|1969||Fergal Quinn||1970||Pat Quinn|
|1971||John Quinn||1972||Bruce Carswell|
|1973||Colm Lyons||1974||John Roe|
|1975||Frank Dunne||1976||Tom Fitzpatrick|
|1977||Tom Fitzpatrick||1978||Mike Campbell|
|1979||Hugh Mc Keown||1980||Hugh Mc Keown|
|1981||David Tyndall||1982||Joe Lane|
|1983||Brendan Rooney||1984||Richard Smyth|
|1985||David O’Connell||1986||John P O’Reilly|
|1987||Charles A Walshe||1988||Norman Kilroy|
|1989||Jim Bradley||1990||Michael Shannon|
|1991||Ian Leask||1992||Jim Bradley|
|1993||Ray Burke||1994||Ray Burke|
|1995||James Holahan||1996||Henry Howard|
|1997||Canice Kelly||1998||Fergus Mc Kenna|
|1999||Seamus Scally||2000||Michael Keyes|
|2001||Leo Crawford||2002||Dick Reeves|
|2003||Ray Bates||2004||Noel Ryan|
|2005||Colin Gordon||2006||Paddy Mc Garry|
|2007||Frank Coghlan||2008||Joe Keane|
|2009||Tony Keohane||2010||Donald Williamson|
|2011||Jim Barry||2012||Derek Mooney|
|2013||Leonard Hegarty||2014||Willie O’Byrne|
|2015||Noel Keeley||2016||Neil Finlayson|
|2017||Conor Kilduff||2018||John Moane|
|2019||Kari Daniels||2020||Sharon Buckley|
OUR TRUSTEES & COMMITTEES
IGBF Trustees are responsible for compliance with our legal and statutory requirements and also the safe and effective running of the charity. Current Trustees are:
Paddy Mc Garry
PRESIDENT OF APPEALS (2020)
The 2020 President of Appeals is Sharon Buckley, Commercial Director of the Musgrave Group . As the title suggests, raising much needed funds is the primary responsibility of this role.
OFFICERS OF THE FUND
|President of Appeals||Sharon Buckley|
|Vice Chairman||Frances Higgins|
|Honorary Treasurer||Fergal Mc Nulty|
|Honorary Secretary||Redmond Gavin|
|Eoin Kellett||Mondelez Ireland|
|Joe Grennan||SMA Ltd|
|John Bradley||Febvre Wines|
|Donal O’Shea||Birds Eye|
|Peter O’Connor||Stafford Lynch Ltd.|
|Richard Boland||East Coast Bakery|
|Joe Wogan||BWG Foods|
SuperValu Mt Merrion
|Kieran Conway||Brodricks Bros|
All our committees see industry volunteers working together to support the work of the charity in assisting those members less fortunate than ourselves.