– On Friday, September 2nd, 115 Intel employees took to the road as part of a Charity Cycle event in aid of CASA (Caring & Sharing Association) and Laura Lynn House.
– In total, almost €20,000 was raised for the 2 charities through the cycle event.
– The Charity Cycle is just one of a number of events that Intel employees are taking part in throughout the year in support of the 2 organisations which were chosen as signature charities for Intel Ireland in 2011.
Every year Intel Ireland selects two signature charities and employees dedicate their efforts towards providing volunteer time and funds, raised through specially organised activities, to these chosen charities. For 2011 two charities, CASA (Caring & Sharing Association) and Laura Lynn House, were selected in order to share the impact of the signature charity campaign.
One of the key events organised in support of the charities was a cycle event which challenged employees to complete routes of 40km, 80km or 160km. Each of the routes began at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip and 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 2nd, with the rain 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 white and blue Intel jerseys the groups were a notable sight as the long line of bikes passed through Meath towns such as Moynalvy and Summerhill. By lunch time all of the cyclists had arrived at the Hill of Tara where they enjoyed a much deserved pit stop in the sunshine along with some lunch before many of them headed off on their bikes for the return journey back to the Intel campus.
In total, 115 Intel employees took part in the Charity Cycle event with more than 30 additional volunteers taking to the road in support roles. In addition, a number of Intel employees on assignment in the U.S. also completed cycle events in support of the charity campaign.
This was the second year for Intel employees to take part in the cycle challenge and again there was a fantastic response to the fundraising effort with almost €20,000 being raised overall for the signature charities. This will be combined with monies raised through other events and the total amount raised will be presented to the two charities at the end of the year.
Intel’s Ireland External Relations Manager Lisa Harlow, acknowledged the dedication and generosity employees, “This was a fantastic achievement – we were delighted to have so many employees take part in the cycle and most importantly we are thrilled with the significant amount raised for our 2011 signature charities. At Intel we strive to make a real difference through our employees and financial support is one of the important parts of how we make a difference in our communities”.
Further images from the event can be found here:
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CASA (Caring & Sharing association) was set up in 1981 and was founded by a group of volunteers. Its central purpose was the development of friendships, through social events, for all its members. Today Local groups exist in Dublin, Bray, Cork, Longford , Galway and Maynooth with their Children’s & Teenage Groups in Swords in Dublin. The continued existence and success of this organisation is a tribute to the commitment of all its members and the support of families and people associated with CASA. www.casa.ie
About Laura Lynn House
Laura Lynn House was set up in 1925 and supports children with life limiting conditions and their families by providing high quality transitional care, home support, respite, crisis and end-of-life care. Their services are available to children with high medical and nursing needs from birth to 18. Laura Lynn’s vision is All children who need us, can access us. They care for the child and family through transitional care, respite, home support, crisis care and end of life care. www.sunshinehome.ie/lauralynn-house