- On Friday September 6th almost 200 Intel employees took part in an annual charity cycle event
- The cycle, which took place between the Intel campus in Leixlip and the Curragh Camp, raised almost €18,000 for Irish Hospices and the ISPCC
- Irish Hospices and ISPCC are Intel Ireland’s Signature Charities for 2013 with numerous events taking place throughout the year for the selected organisations
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 2013, Irish Hospices and the ISPCC, 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 begin at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip and this year took in various parts of Kildare, depending on the length of the cycle, with each of the routes culminating at the Curragh Camp.
On the morning of Friday September 6th, with the sun shining and just a few clouds above, employees began assembling early at the Leixlip Amenities centre, adjacent to the Intel campus, as they prepared to head off on their bikes for the challenging journey ahead. This year a special guest was on hand to get the cycle underway as Chairman of the Intel Board of Directors, Andy Bryant, joined employees as they assembled and shared warm words of encouragement before officially beginning this year’s event.
Kitted out in distinctive blue Intel jerseys the groups of cyclists were a notable sight as they passed through numerous towns and villages, including Maynooth, Prosperous and Kilmeague.
By lunch time all of the cyclists from the various distances had arrived at the Curragh Camp where they enjoyed a much deserved pit stop which was kindly hosted in the Army Barracks facilities. After the short stop the cyclist were ready to head 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, almost 200 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 was the fourth year that Intel employees completed the cycle challenge and again there was a fantastic response to the fundraising effort with almost €18,000 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 Colin Mac Hale completed a 40km cycle on Friday and this marked his 1st 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”.
Further images from the event can be found here: Intel 2013 Charity Cycle – a set on Flickr
About the Signature Charities
The Irish Hospice Foundation was set up in 1986 to fund and help develop specific hospice services. Over time, the organisations work has expanded to embrace the needs of people dying in hospitals, at home and in other care settings, as well as those who cannot easily access hospice care because of the nature of their illness. Hospice or palliative care involves the total care of patients and their families at the stage in a serious illness, where the focus has switched from treatment aimed at cure to ensuring quality of life. In 2012, some 8,066 new patients benefited from specialist palliative care through homecare teams, with on average 2,978 people cared for by homecare teams each month. In the same year, 4,274 people availed of specialist inpatient care including 2,203 new patients in 2012. It is estimated that up to 13,000 patients will require access to hospice and specialist palliative care in 2016.
About the ISPCC
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is Ireland’s oldest and most well-known children’s charity. The ISPCC has a long, proud history of service delivery and advocacy on behalf of children. The organisation provides unique 24 hour support services for children and young people through their Childline telephone service with the majority of its 2,300 calls and messages per day being received after 6pm each evening, when most other support services are closed. Childline receives no government funding, relying on the generosity of donors and volunteers to help run this vital, unique service. The ISPCC support workers and volunteer mentors also work with directly with over 1,500 individual children and families nationwide each year through a number of ISPCC support services such as mentoring and behavioral support programs.
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