EIC Northern Ireland branch raises over £30,000 at Electric Lunch

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill offered a supercharge to the Electric Lunch 2024, helping the local branch of the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) raise over £30,000.

Proving once again he’s the man for the job, the football boss was guest speaker at the popular event, held in Belfast’s Europa Hotel on February 2.

Irish sports broadcaster and event host Adrian Logan coaxed colourful anecdotes from Michael about his playing and managerial careers, with the duo encouraging around 270 guests to dig deep and raise much-needed funds for the charity.

Almost 100 years old, EIC is a benevolent association helping anyone working or having worked in the electrical industry and their families.

Support spans problems with alcohol or substance addictions and mental health issues to family or relationship problems, financial or legal worries and ill health or disabilities.

A popular fundraising event for around 40 years, the Electric Lunch is organised by the EIC NI Committee, chaired by Ireland’s Electrical Magazine Managing Director Karen McEvoy.

Other Committee members include Vice Chair Jake Keyworth (EEL Greentech), Past Chair Mervyn Knox (Hager), Alfie Watterson (ECA), Gareth Howes (Solutions), Duncan Orr (Aico) and Tommy Barrett (CEF NI).

Alongside table sales for the three-course lunch, coffer-boosting activities included a Play Your Cards Right game of Higher or Lower garnering the winner tickets for two to the Titanic Distillery Legacy Whiskey Tour with free samplings and gifts worth £200.

Generous donations for the prize draw included tickets for two to Bruce Springsteen at Croke Park (EJ Harpers), a Golden Ticket family pass to Emerald Park (Core Distribution NI), intelligent EV charger (City Electrical Factors), stay for two at Finn Lough Luxury Hideaway (Rexel), meal in The Muddlers Club and stay in The Europa Hotel (Ireland’s Electrical Magazine) and family trip to Center Parcs in Longford Forest (Edmundsons Electrical Group).

An exclusive auction prize supplied by EEL Greentech, meanwhile, included supply and installation of a 4 Kilo Watt solar panel system worth £4,500.

And guests were encouraged to sponsor Bradley Gillespie and Barry Penny from electrical testing firm ICCS in Larne, who are taking on the Kilimanjaro Challenge for a Cause this autumn to raise funds for EIC.

Support EIC by signing up to its free workplace programmes, joining its regional committee and attending meetings, and getting involved in fundraising events –
contact Karen McAvoy on
M: +44 (0)7771 524470
E: karen@kmpltd.co.uk or any member of the NI committee for further information.

Access EIC’s free and confidential support via
T: +44 (0)800 652 1618
or support@electricalcharity.org