ElectricAid’s AGM on Monday 28th April attracted an excellent attendance. The presentation by Jane-Anne McKenna of Medecins sans Frontieres was riveting. Jane-Anne focused on MSF’s work in Syria and the Central African Republic; without intending to shock, the news that two MSF staff had been murdered in the C.A.R. two days previously was sobering and thought-provoking. Their medical relief work in the toughest conflict zones in the world is outstanding. We finished up by presenting MSF with a cheque for €2,600 – the remaining balance of our Special Appeal for Syria & the Philippines.
We reviewed another challenging but successful year for ElectricAid. Total revenue rose to €1.309 million, allowing us to fund 149 separate development and relief projects with €1.313 million. Each and every one of those projects was listed to the meeting. The meeting also noted ElectricAid’s continuing commitment to transparency and openness in all our dealings.
The existing officers, John Kelly, Tina Pittock, Anne Hogan and Deirdre Arthur, were unanimously re-elected for an additional term. A new Committee was elected, with new members from EirGrid (Margaret Hayden), Networks Cork (Dave Carey), Networks Legal (Finola O’Donnell), and VS staff (Ciarán Gogarty). We are looking forward to another 12 months of successful service to the poorest of the world’s poor – all made possible by the continuing generosity of the ESB & EirGrid communities, staff, pensioners and companies.
Finally, an excellent and progressive development in ElectricAid’s relationship with ESB was announced. John Kelly, on behalf of ElectricAid, and Pat O’Doherty, for ESB, have just signed a 4-year extension and reaffirmation of our existing agreement, covering the contribution years 2014 to 2017. This gives ElectricAid financial stability and predictability over the medium term – a really beneficial outcome, and a great platform for growth.