Circle K announces winner of latest fundraising initiative to support the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation


Circle K (formerly Topaz Energy), Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer, is delighted to announce Owen Laverty as the winner of its winter car raffle, an initiative that was put in place to help raise much needed funds for Circle K’s charity partner, The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.

As the lucky winner of the Circle K Winter Car Raffle, Owen, from Co. Dublin will take to the driving seat of a new SEAT Ateca SUV, worth €30,000. Earlier this year, customers across the Circle K network and at SEAT dealerships nationwide pledged their support to the initiative by purchasing raffle tickets, with all proceeds raised going directly to the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.

Today’s announcement coincides with Circle K revealing that it has raised €350,000 to date for The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, through various fundraising initiatives undertaken by customers and staff nationwide. This includes Small Change for Big ChangeThe LEGO® Exchange, Raise a Teacup and the Winter Car Raffle along with multiple events held internally for staff. These campaigns have resulted in the provision of almost 22,000 hours of home care nursing to date for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.

Founded in 1997, The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation provides direct funding to families of children up to the age of five who suffer from severe intellectual and physical developmental delays. This model of care puts the family at the centre, providing home nursing and respite care that meet their unique needs.

Commenting on his raffle win, Owen said:When I first heard that I had been drawn as the raffle’s winner, I thought someone was twisting my arm! Not only have I won my dream car, but by partaking in the raffle I have had the opportunity to support the invaluable services that the staff at The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation provide to communities nationwide. I can’t wait to take my new SEAT Ateca SUV out for a spin.”

Judy Glover, Market Director at Circle K Ireland said: I am delighted to be at Circle K Clonshaugh today to announce Owen as the winner of the winter car raffle. Not only are we thrilled to give the new SEAT Ateca SUV to such a deserving winner, but we are also celebrating the news that €350,000 has been raised to date across the Circle K network in support of The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. I would like to extend my thanks to Circle K staff and customers for their continued support and for contributions to date.”

Jean Young, Communications Manager at The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation said: Today is certainly a cause for celebration as we congratulate Owen on winning Circle K’s winter car raffle and wish him happy motoring in that fabulous SEAT Ateca SUV.  We rely on the generosity of the public, fundraisers and partnerships like this one to continue to provide our service. The €350,000 raised to date through our partnership with Circle K is invaluable, with every €16 providing 1 hour home nursing care and respite to one of our families.  The lives of the children under the Jack & Jill wing in every corner of Ireland, have greatly benefited from the outstanding fundraising efforts of staff and customers at Circle K sites  nationwide. We have also benefited from customers at SEAT dealerships across Ireland for their support towards the Winter Car Raffle. I would like to extend my gratitude to all those involved.”

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