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 2016, Dogs for the Disabled and Parkinsons Association of Ireland 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 40km, 80km or 160km. The cycle, which is now in its seventh year, took place on Friday, September 2nd and each of the routes began at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip before taking in various parts of Kildare and Meath, depending on the length of the cycle. Each of the routes culminated at Tayto Park in Ashbourne who kindly opened their doors to welcome the Intel cyclists and crew.
150 Intel employees kitted out in their distinctive white and blue jerseys formed a colorful formation as they passed through numerous towns and villages, including Maynooth, Drumree and Dunsany. 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 at Tayto Park.
There it was time for a quick pit stop and the chance to hear from both charities who were there 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 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 either as cyclists or as volunteers taking to the road in a number of support roles. The response to the cycle this year was once again fantastic 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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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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