– Every year Intel Ireland selects a signature charity and employees dedicate their efforts towards providing volunteer time and funds to the charity
– For 2010 two charities, Barretstown and the A-Z Children’s Charity, were selected in order to share the impact of the signature charity campaign
– The two charities were recently presented with €14,000 each as a result of the fundraising efforts
– In addition to the monetary donations, employees have provided IT expertise, support, mentorship and facilitation to the charities
Every year Intel Ireland selects a signature charity and employees dedicate their efforts towards providing volunteer time and funds, raised through specially organised activities, to this chosen charity.
For 2010 two charities, Barretstown and the A-Z Children’s Charity, were selected in order to share the impact of the signature charity campaign. A number of fundraising events were held throughout the year to support the two selecetd charities who also benefited from IT expertise, support, mentorship and facilitation provided by Intel employees throughout the year.
One of the key events organised in support of the charities was a cycle event which took place in September and challenged employees to complete routes of 40km, 80km or 160km. Each of the routes began at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip and took in various parts of Kildare depending on the length of the cycle with each of the routes culminating at Barretstown Castle.
More than 150 employees took part in the Charity Cycle event and raised a staggering €25,000 for the signature charities. This money was recently combined with other monies raised through other events during the year and was presented to the two charities at a special celebratory event held at Intel.
Other events held throughout the year included:
• Employee Table Quiz – In October a table quiz was held as a fundraising initiative
• Jersey Day – In July employees were invited to wear their favourite jerseys for a day and on that day made donations to the charity appeal
• Canteen Awareness Days – representatives from both charities held special events across site to raise awareness of their charities and to generate enthusiasm for the work that they do
Each of the charities received €14,000 each as a result of the fundraising efforts and in addition to the monetary donation Intel have facilitated a new IT solution to aid the management of the Barretstown facility and IT employees provided expertise in advising on the network and cabling system to be integrated into the new A-Z children’s charity building facility in Uganda.
In addition to this each charity will receive a further $10,000 (approx. €7,000) each in April 2011 as part of the Intel Matching Grant program as a result of employee volunteer hours completed for the charities throughout the year.
Barretstown is a specially-designed camp that provides Therapeutic Recreation programmes for children with serious illnesses, and their families.
It was founded by Hollywood actor Paul Newman in 1994 and modeled on his renowned Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut, USA. Excellent, unobtrusive medical supervision helps children with cancer and other diseases forget illness, learn to have fun and rebuild their confidence and self-esteem. Their programmes take place at a fairytale castle in the beautiful foothills of Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains. They serve children affected by serious illnesses – primarily cancer and serious blood diseases – from Ireland, Britain and throughout Europe, and their families.
About A-Z Children’s Charity
A-Z Children’s Charity exists to nurture the mental, physical and emotional growth and well being of Ugandan HIV/AIDS infected and affected orphans and vulnerable children by providing health care, education, food, clothing and shelter. A-Z Children’s Charity promotes the values of providing an enabling, physical and psychological environment that fosters growth and self-actualisation for the children to assume leadership roles, and have a positive impact on Ugandan society. A-Z help orphans and children infected with HIV/ AIDS in Uganda by giving them the highest standard of health care and education available. A-Z run a number of projects in Uganda to support these aims, including:
• Children’s HIV Community Project
• Kasengejje Resource Centre
• A–Z Children’s Library
• Education Enablement Programme
• Peer Education Programme
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