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Campaign to supply food to health workers raises over €230k

A GoFundMe page for feeding healthcare staff says it is ready to plug gaps with the donations received.

Feed The Heroes has raised over €230k to give cooked meals to frontline healthcare staff since it was set up on Sunday.

Founder of the drive Cian O'Flaherty says there is now enough money to be adaptable for whatever is needed:

"We are building as we go. We're figuring it out as we go along and we'll do our best. The pressures that are coming down the line on the teams will mean gaps will open up and we are going to be ready there to plug them.

We're in a position to spend €10k to €20k over the next period of time. If it's three months, as the Taoiseach indicated, we stand ready to keep that going and to keep the operations on the road.

Mr O'Flaherty says the donations have also helped to keep restaurants in business:

"We're really lucky to be able to say to some of these businesses, this is what we need for the next period of time, can you do it? They're saying 'that gives us clarity on cash flow and the ability to, say, keep the lights on and at least we know we're going to survive this and get through and out the other side'.

"It's been an incredible project to be part of, really humbling and really meaningful."

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