Here at DiFontaine’s Pizzeria we’ve been encouraging our customers to Pay It Forward for a number of years and have had tremendous support from them. When you buy a slice of pizza for yourself, you pay for another one and we suspend it. Then we give them to people who need them. We’ve been happy to tip away at this on our own all this time, but always hoped that other businesses would consider doing it also, but yesterday all of that changed! When a random post popped up on my Facebook timeline about a young guy in Dublin who had pledged to fix leaks for elderly people who can’t afford to pay – and committed to do one every month from January onwards – we just HAD to get in touch with him.
That young man’s name is James Ormond who runs his own company Roofing and Building.ie which is based in Dublin. Initially he thought about donating to a charity but then thought he’d rather be more directly involved with helping people. He pays for all of the materials and labour himself and is genuinely happy to do so when he sees the improvement it can make to a person’s life.
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When we told him what we have been doing he was delighted to team up with us, as was our digital marketing company. Plus since James put out a call on his Facebook page a few weeks ago for more like-minded people to offer their services, he has had about a half a dozen calls asking how they can get involved. This is now definitely the start of something special! So watch this space.
Read the article that The Echo wrote about James here.