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 specially organised activities, to these chosen organisations.
For 2015, Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) and the Friends of St. Luke’s, 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.
Cyclists head off from the Intel campus in Leixlip
In what has now become an annual event and one of the highlights of the yearlong activities, the charity cycle challenge gives employees the opportunity to complete routes of 40km, 80km or 160km. Each of the routes begins at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip and this year took in various parts of Kildare and Meath, depending on the length of the cycle, with each of the routes culminating at Tayto Park in Ashbourne who kindly opened their doors to welcome the Intel cyclists and crew.
On the morning of Friday September 4th, with the rain holding off and the sun doing its best to break through, employees began assembling early at the Intel campus in Leixlip 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 of cyclists were a notable sight as they passed through numerous towns and villages, including Maynooth, Drumree and Dunsany.
By lunch time all of the cyclists from the various distances had arrived at Tayto Park where they enjoyed a much deserved pit stop which was kindly hosted in the park facilities. At Tayto Park the cyclists were greeted by Deirdre Hughes, Appeals Director at Friends of St. Luke’s and Marie Reavey, Regional Development Officer at IMNDA who was also joined by Paul Lannon. After the short stop the cyclist were ready to head 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 with more than 40 additional volunteers taking to the road in a number support roles.
This was the sixth year that Intel employees completed the cycle challenge and again there was a fantastic response to the fundraising effort with more than €17,000 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.
Intel Ireland employee Colin Machale completed an 80km cycle on Friday and this marked his 2nd year of participation in the charity event, “It was a great event and a great way to get employees together in support of our signature charities. There was a fantastic atmosphere and comradery amongst all of us out on the road – I was delighted to be able to support two very worthy organisations and proud of the support that Intel gave us all in doing so”.
Intel employees gather for a group photo at Tayto Park before heading out on the final leg of their 2015 Charity Cycle
The Cycle raised more than €17,000 for the Intel signature charities – Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) and the Friends of St. Luke’s
Further images can be found here: Intel Charity Cycle 2015 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
About Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA)
The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA, CHY 8510) is the only organisation of its kind in the country. We are dedicated to working on behalf of people living with MND and their families and carers. Our key services include home visiting by a MND nurse, financial assistance towards home care help and the supply of specialised equipment on loan. We also fund and promote research into the causes and treatments of MND.
Our aim is:
• To encourage and promote the best methods of care, education, research and treatment for people with Motor Neurone Disease throughout the State of Ireland, contributing to worldwide efforts in research and development of treatment.
• To establish and promote models of good practice in the delivery of specialised services to our patients, their families and carers, setting standards of excellence.
• To communicate widely, knowledge of Motor Neurone Disease and related disorders in order to raise awareness in the wider community.
About the Friends of St. Luke’s
The goal of the charity is to generate the funds to ensure that the St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Centres continue to be well-equipped, warm, friendly and comfortable facilities for patients undergoing treatment. The Friends of St. Luke’s is a vital source of support in the development of the St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network. The St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network comprises three cancer treatment centres in Dublin:
• St Luke’s Hospital Rathgar (including Oakland Lodge)
• St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Centre at Beaumont Hospital
• St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Centre at St James’s Hospital
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