Intel employees get on their bikes and raise more than €25,000 for charity!


                More than 150 Intel employees pictured at Barretstown Castle after completing a charity cycle from the Intel

                   Ireland campus in Leixlip which raised more than €25,000 for Barretstown and the A-Z Children’s Charity

On Friday September 3rd more than 150 Intel Ireland employees took their bikes to the road to undertake a charity cycle in aid of Barretstown and the A-Z Children’s Charity.

Every year Intel Ireland selects a signature charity and employees dedicate their efforts towards providing volunteer time and funds, raised through specially organized activities, to this chosen charity. For 2010 two charities, Barretstown and the A-Z Children’s Charity, were selected in order to share the impact of the signature charity campaign. One of the key events organized 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 depending on the length of the cycle with each of the routes culminating at Barretstown Castle.

On the morning of September 3rd, under a clear sky and beautiful sunshine, employees began assembling early as they prepared to head off on their bikes for the challenging journey ahead. Kitted out in distinctive blue jerseys the groups were a colorful sight as the long line of bikes passed through Kildare towns such as Straffan and Kill. By lunch time all of the cyclists had arrived at the beautiful Barretstown castle in Ballymore Eustace where they enjoyed a 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.

Overall employees raised a staggering €25,000 for the signature charities through the cycle challenge. 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 2010 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”.

About the Signature Charities:
Barretstown is a specially-designed camp that provides Therapeutic Recreation programmes for children with serious illnesses, and their families. It was founded in 1994 and their unobtrusive medical supervision helps children with cancer and other diseases forget illness, learn to have fun and rebuild their confidence and self-esteem. Programmes take place at a fairytale castle in the beautiful foothills of Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains.

A-Z Children’s Charity’s aims to nurture the mental, physical and emotional growth and well being of Ugandan HIV/AIDS infected and affected orphans and vulnerable children by providing health care, education, food, clothing and shelter. The charity promotes the values of providing an enabling, physical and psychological environment that fosters growth and self-actualisation for the children to assume leadership roles, and have a positive impact on Ugandan society.

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