Each year Intel selects a signature charity for our employees to dedicate their combined efforts towards, providing volunteer time and funds raised through specially organised activities. For 2020, Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin 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 charity.
This week we were delighted to present to the charity a cheque for €64,164 which was raised through a range of fundraising events that took place throughout the year.
In addition to the funds raised, over 1000 hours of employee volunteer time was provided to Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin in 2020 by Intel employees.
Despite some obvious challenges this year to the usual fundraising activities, there were a number highlights in 2020. Chief among the highlights was the annual Intel Charity Cycle, which took place in September. This year’s cycle saw 200 Intel employees complete their own individual cycles each taking in a distance and location of their choosing. The cycle event raised almost €20,000.
Employees also took part in bake sales, fun runs and a rugby predictions competition to raise funds in support the charity.
As well as the fundraising efforts, employees also had the chance to support the charity in other ways. For example, a group of Intel employees set up a knitting club whose members have been busily making beautiful items for small babies such as hats, blankets and cardigans. Intel also donated a number of laptops to the charity earlier in the year to assist with the increased need for the organisation to have people working in a home environment.
The cheque for monies raised was virtually presented to the charity this week. These funds will be used by the charity to purchase 2 operating tables at CHI Crumlin. With the current tables being over 17 years old it is vital that CHI at Crumlin replace these units with more modern and cutting-edge versions to ensure that they can continue to provide world class care to the children and families who need it.
These tables will be used within the Cardiac theatres of the hospital where complex cardiac procedures lasting up to 12 hours will take place. The patients are cooled for the procedure, which reduces the blood flow to the extremities. This coupled with the long operating times can lead to pressure ulcers on the patients.
By funding the replacement of these tables Intel will be have a huge impact on the patients and staff of CHI at Crumlin by:
- Reducing the risk to the patient of developing a pressure ulcer
- Increasing the efficiency of the procedure
- Improved functionality
With 1 in 100 children in Ireland now being born with a structural heart defect of some kind (ranging from minor to very serious conditions), the need for CHI at Crumlin to have the most innovative technology to care for these little patient’s is vital.
External Relations Manager at Intel, Lisa Harlow, spoke at the cheque handover and said “We are very proud of the efforts of our employees in supporting CHI Crumlin this year, both through monies raised and through their time given. It has been a challenging year for everyone and I hope that Intel’s support will make an impact on the wonderful work that is being done by the charity. I look forward to keeping in touch with both and maintaining the relationships forged with Intel through the year”.
The signature charity this year was championed by Shane Gallagher, an employee in Intel’s Fab 24;
“For every parent that will ever walk through those doors at Crumlin, and for every hospital staff member who performs minor miracles of care and love and support every day, I hope we break all fundraising and volunteering records this year, because I know just how much it will mean. We aren’t raising money for a building; we’re supporting everyday heroes”.
About Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin
Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin, part of the Children’s Health Foundation family, is the new name for CMRF Crumlin – raising vital funds to support sick children and their families in Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin (formerly Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children Crumlin) – from funding vital life-saving equipment and providing essential patient and parental supports to making ground-breaking, paediatric research possible.
With the continued kindness and generosity of our supporters across Ireland and beyond, Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin will continue our vital work in supporting the patients, families and staff in CHI at Crumlin.
If you would like to find out more about how you can support sick children and their families in Crumlin, simply visit www.childrenshealth.ie.
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