Every year Intel Ireland selects 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 charities.
For 2016 two charities, Parkinson’s Association of Ireland and Irish Dogs for the Disabled, were selected and employees organised and supported a number of different fundraising events throughout the year in support of the two selected causes. The organisations also benefited from volunteer time from Intel employees who provided expertise, support, mentorship and facilitation during 2016.
A number of charity events were organised during the year giving employees the chance to take part in a variety of fun and challenging activities that each helped to build towards a remarkable overall result of a total of almost €75,000 being donated to the organisations with each organisation receiving almost €37,500 each towards the fantastic work that each carries out in their specific field.
The fundraising events that were held throughout the year spanned a wide array of interests with many highlights such as the Annual Intel Charity Cycle event which took place at the beginning of September and challenged employees to complete routes of 40km, 80km or 160km. With over 150 employees taking part in the cycle a remarkable amount of close to €15,000 was raised towards the overall 2016 total donation.
Some other events held throughout the year included ‘Intel Does Strictly’ which took place in April of 2016 and was a massive success, raising over €37,500 for the Site Signature charities. A number of challenge events also took place during the year with employees taking part in Duathlon cycling, running challenges and 5km fun walks. This was in addition to the likes of bake sale events were held at the Leixlip campus and year-long activities which included the likes of Intel Premiership Survivor competition, Pool competition and copper coin collection.
On December 13th the monies raised were presented to the two charities at a special employee event held at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip. The event was attended by CEO of the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland, Paula Gilmore, and Irish Dogs for the disabled representative Jennifer Dowling.
About Parkinson’s Association of Ireland
The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland was established in 1987 and are committed to improving life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s by offering support, a listening ear, and information on any aspect of living with Parkinson’s. The association also initiates and funds research into Parkinson’s disease, its causes and effects. They are based in Dublin, with community volunteer branches all over the country. The association chose the Aspen leaf logo as a symbol of Parkinson’s as the Aspen leaf trembles even on a still day but the branches and trunk of the tree are sturdy and strong – www.parkinsons.ie.
About Dogs for the Disabled
Dogs for the Disabled is a unique charity founded in 2007 to improve the lives of children and adults living with physical disabilities in Ireland. Assistance dogs are specially trained to assist physically disabled children and adults to carry out a range of practical tasks in order to achieve greater independence. Every dog is trained to help with simple everyday tasks such as opening/closing doors, picking up dropped items, emptying the washing machine, sending for help or even helping a child with severe walking difficulties to walk with greater ease and balance plus much more. Each dog is trained to cater for the needs of the specific client to enable them to live life with greater independence – www.dogsfordisabled.ie.
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