- 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
- On Friday September 7th more than 120 Intel employees completed a charity cycle raising almost €15,000 for these signature charities
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.
In what has become an annual event, one of the highlights of the charity drive is a cycle challenge which gives employees the opportunity to complete routes of 40km, 80km or 160km. Each of the routes began at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip and this year took in various parts of Kildare and Meath, depending on the length of the cycle, with each of the routes culminating at the Hill of Tara.
On the morning of Friday September 7th, with the rain just about keeping at bay, employees began assembling early as they prepared to head off on their bikes for the challenging journey ahead. Kitted out in distinctive green and white Intel jerseys the groups were a colorful sight as the long line of bikes passed through Meath towns such as Dunsany and Drumree.
By lunch time all of the cyclists from the various distances had arrived at the Hill of Tara where they enjoyed a much deserved pit stop in the scenic setting with some lunch before heading off on their bikes for the final 40km of their challenge which took them on a return journey back to the Intel campus.
In total, more than 120 Intel employees took part in the Charity Cycle event with more than 30 additional volunteers taking to the road in a number support roles. This year was a special one for the annual cycle event as it went truly global with a number of Intel employees on assignment in New Mexico, Arizona and Israel also completing cycle events in support of the charity campaign.
This was the third year that Intel employees completed the cycle challenge and again there was a fantastic response to the fundraising effort with almost €15,000 being raised overall for the signature charities. This will be combined with monies raised through other events with the total overall fundraising amount being revealed at the end of the year.
Intel Ireland employee Padraig O’Murchu completed an 80km cycle on Friday and this marked his 3rd year of participation in the charity event, “It was a great event and a great way to get employees together in support of our signature charities. There was a fantastic atmosphere and comradery amongst all of us out on the road – I was delighted to be able to support two very worthy organisations and proud of the support that Intel gave us all in doing so”.
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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.