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 a variety of specially organised activities, to these chosen organisations. For 2017, Aoibheann’s Pink Tie and Jigsaw 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 now become an annual event, and one of the highlights of the yearlong activities, the Intel charity cycle challenge gave employees the chance to complete routes of 50km, 80km or 160km. The cycle, which is now in its eight year, took place on Friday, September 1st and each of the routes began at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip before taking in various parts of Kildare, Meath and Wicklow, depending on the length of the cycle. Each of the routes culminated at Summerhill Community Centre in Co. Meath where staff kindly opened their doors to welcome the Intel cyclists and crew.
140 Intel employees kitted out in distinctive navy and white jerseys formed a colorful formation as they passed through numerous towns and villages including Maynooth, Kilcock and Moynalvey. The weather too played its part as the rain held off and by lunchtime each of the cyclists, along with the all important support team, had arrived safely in Summerhill.
There was time for a quick pit stop and the chance to hear from both charities who were onhand to greet the group and remind the participants of how their efforts are making a real impact to the important work of both organisations. The cyclists then set off on their bikes again for the final stretch of their challenge which took them on a return journey back to the Intel campus in Leixlip.
In total, almost 180 Intel employees took part in the Charity Cycle event either as cyclists or as volunteers taking to the road in a number of support roles. There was a fantastic response to the cycle again this year with almost €15,000 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.
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Jigsaw is the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland. Founded in 2006, they continuously work towards ensuring that no young person feels alone, isolated and disconnected from others around them. They currently provide services in 12 different communities around Ireland, delivering vital supports to young people and educating people about youth mental health. Their vision is an Ireland where young people are connected to their community and have the resilience to face challenges to their mental health – www.jigsaw.ie
About Aoibheann’s Pink Tie
Aoibheann’s Pink Tie “National Children’s Cancer Charity” was set up in 2010 by Mick Rochford and Jimmy Norman, after the tragic loss of Jimmy’s daughter Aoibheann to cancer aged just 8 years. Their mission is to deliver practical and financial support available to children suffering from cancer in Ireland and their families. The support they provide varies case by case as almost every situation is different. They solely focus on providing the supports to allow the family to focus on their wellbeing, their support of each other, and the treatment and recovery of their child – www.aoibheannspinktie.ie.
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