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.
Last Friday 34 employees from various departments across Intel took to the stage for the first ever ‘Intel Does Strictly’, which was the latest in a series of fundraising activities in support of Intel’s 2016 signature charities The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland and The Irish Dogs for the Disabled.
The event itself was modelled on the format of the popular TV series Strictly Come Dancing and involved 17 different couples performing a variety of routines as well as taking part in group numbers. All of the performers on the night work at the Intel campus in Leixlip and volunteered to be part of the event which involved weeks of dance training and rehearsals along with fundraising for the signature charities through sponsorship and ticket sales.
The event provided employees with a great opportunity to get involved in a high class professional production. For some, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to train and practice and achieve a Big Stage Dance Routine.
Confey GAA Club in Leixlip were generous hosts of the event on April 22nd and in front of a packed audience each of the 17 couples performed individually before returning to the stage to for a Grease inspired group routine. Following this the top 5 couples were announced before the overall winners were revealed. The prestigious title was won by Gavin Kenny and Grainne Ryan who wowed the crowd with a lyrical style routine.
The event was hosted by broadcaster Ollie Turner with Fiona Brennan Fennelly, Michael Menton and Adele Dempsey, who all experienced dancers, providing expert observations as judges of the event.
The night was an overwhelming success with €37,500 being raised for the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland and the Irish Dogs for the Disabled. This will be combined with monies raised through other events with the total overall fundraising amount being revealed at the end of the year.
About Parkinson’s Association of Ireland
The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland was established in 1987 and are committed to improving life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s by offering support, a listening ear, and information on any aspect of living with Parkinson’s. The association also initiates and funds research into Parkinson’s disease, its causes and effects. They are based in Dublin, with community volunteer branches all over the country. The association chose the Aspen leaf logo as a symbol of Parkinson’s as the Aspen leaf trembles even on a still day but the branches and trunk of the tree are sturdy and strong – www.parkinsons.ie
About Dogs for the Disabled
Dogs for the Disabled is a unique charity founded in 2007 to improve the lives of children and adults living with physical disabilities in Ireland. Assistance dogs are specially trained to assist physically disabled children and adults to carry out a range of practical tasks in order to achieve greater independence. Every dog is trained to help with simple everyday tasks such as opening/closing doors, picking up dropped items, emptying the washing machine, sending for help or even helping a child with severe walking difficulties to walk with greater ease and balance plus much more. Each dog is trained to cater for the needs of the specific client to enable them to live life with greater independence – www.dogsfordisabled.ie
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