For the past number of years Intel employees have spent the month of December supporting a variety of fundraising activities and collections in support of local St. Vincent de Paul organisations.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) is the largest voluntary charitable organisation in Ireland and focuses on providing a practical approach to dealing with poverty, alleviating its effects on individuals and families. The important work of the society is particularly critical at this time of the year and with this in mind Intel once again decided to devote volunteering and charitable activities in December 2017 towards supporting the SVP.
This involved a number of different events which included selling special Santa letters, hosting Christmas jumper days for staff and employees taking part in a turkey trot fun run for the local branches of the Society of the St Vincent de Paul.
Along with these activities a number of employees, along with Intel directly, made donations to the fundraising activities and this resulted in a total of more than €44,000 being donated to the Society. This donation was split between 3 local branches of the SVP – Leixlip, Celbridge and Maynooth – with representatives of each of the charities visiting Intel this week to receive the cheques from Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott.
In addition to the money raised, over the past number of weeks employees have donated 600 specially assembled gift boxes as part of a shoebox appeal for St. Vincent de Paul. The shoeboxes were assembled for children of a variety of ages and were presented along with the monetary contribution to support the outreach work of the society in the local area. The shoeboxes typically contain practical items, such as toiletries, along with toys, books and treats etc. for the recipients.
Speaking at the cheque handover Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott said, “The work of St. Vincent de Paul is so important in our communities and I am delighted and proud that our employees have been able to support the local societies again this year. I hope that our contribution will help make a difference to the wonderful work that you do”.
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About the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) was founded in Ireland in 1844. It is the largest voluntary charitable organisation in Ireland. During its history it has helped people in need through a Famine, a Civil War, a War of Independence, two World Wars and several economic recessions.
The society focuses on a practical approach to dealing with poverty, alleviating its effects on individuals and families through working primarily in person-to-person contact by a unique system of family visitation and seeking to achieve social justice and equality of opportunity for all citizens.
In addition to providing direct assistance to those in need, caring for the homeless, providing social housing, operating holiday homes and other social support activities, the Society promotes community self-sufficiency, enabling people to help themselves. Any assistance offered by the Society is given in a non-judgemental spirit, based on the needs of the individual or family seeking help.
The Society respects the dignity of those who contact us, offering assistance and advice when sought, maintaining their dignity while assisting them towards long-term self-sufficiency in a relationship of friendship, trust and confidentiality.
For more information visit www.svp.ie.
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