- Every year Intel Ireland selects signature charities and employees dedicate their efforts towards providing volunteer time and funds to the charity
- For 2012 two charities, MS Ireland and Pieta House were selected in order to share the impact of the signature charity campaign
- Today employees held the latest event in the charity campaign, a duck race with almost 600 plastics ducks being released into the local canal to see which one would cross the finish line first
Each year Intel Ireland selects two signature charities in order to give employees the opportunity to dedicate their efforts towards providing volunteer time and funds, raised through specially organised activities, to these chosen organisations.
For 2012, MS Ireland and Pieta House, were selected and employees have been taking part in numerous events during the year to date to raise funds and generate awareness in support of the two selected causes.
Throughout the year employees have been busy taking part in a variety of activities to raise money for and to provide support to the charity organisations.
The latest event in the campaign, a duck race, took place today with almost 600 plastics ducks being released into the local canal to see which one would cross the finish line first! For the last number of weeks employees had the opportunity to buy a duck and be in with a chance to win the race. Each duck carried a number that corresponded to an employee name and for the first ducks past the line there were a number of great prizes on offer for the owners.
Employees and their families braved the chilly afternoon to watch the canal fill with a sea of yellow ducks who made their way toward the finish line with some help in the right direction from volunteers from the local Salmon Leap Canoe club.
The event generated more than €3000 for the charity campaign and this will be combined with monies raised through other events with the total overall fundraising amount being revealed at the end of the year.
The duck race is the latest in a long list of events and activities which have taken place including a golfing classic, a canal walk challenge, campus fun run, charity cycle, cakes sales, shave or wax challenge and even a visit from the Sam Maguire cup for employee photo opportunities.
Some very cool ducks get ready to take their place on the starting line
Intel employees get ready to release the ducks into the canal
The specially numbered ducks each had an Intel employee as their owner
And they’re off! The ducks are released into the canal
Local canoeists keep the ducks on the right path
The winning duck approaches the finish line
Further images from the event can be found here: Charity Duck Race – a set on Flickr
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About MS Ireland
Multiple Sclerosis Ireland is the only national organisation providing information, support and advocacy services to the MS community. We work with people with MS, their families and carers, health professionals, students and other interested in or concerned about MS.
MS Ireland is chiefly a services driven organisation, focused on providing timely, person-centered services that create independence and choice for person with MS and their family.
About Pieta House
Pieta House, The Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide officially opened its doors in January 2006. 5 years later, we have seen and helped nearly 4,000 people, and opened up two Outreach Centres, and two other Centres of Excellence in both Dublin and Limerick.