Every year Intel Ireland selects two signature charities in order to give our employees the opportunity to dedicate their combined efforts towards providing volunteer time and funds, raised through specially organised activities, to these chosen charities. For 2017, the chosen signature charities are Aoibheann’s Pink Tie and Jigsaw.
Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, is a charity that works to ensure that no young person feels alone, isolated and disconnected from others around them. Jigsaw provides vital supports to young people with their mental health by working closely with communities across Ireland.
The charity, which was founded in 2006, has grown from strength to strength and today supports the mental health and wellbeing over of 15,000 young people across Ireland. Here at Intel we have two projects taking place over the summer months in support of the work being carried out by Jigsaw.
The first project is aimed at supporting the One Wish Ribbon Campaign. Employees are undertaking the task of preparing the ribbon ties on over 4,000 Christmas decorations in preparation for the month of December, a time when charities can be at their busiest and a time which is especially important for Jigsaw as they provide support and help to young people who may feel down over the festive period. The One Wish Ribbon Campaign aims to raise awareness of the work done by Jigsaw and to allow people to write a wish on a decoration and hang it up on a special tree.
The second project which is running over the summer months is centered on the One Good Adult campaign. This campaign involves packing mugs with a little motivational message inside for the adults who are talking to and helping young people across the country. The campaign recognises that the presence of One Good Adult in a young person’s life has a positive influence on their mental health and it can be as simple as someone who is there and who is willing to listen when a young person needs to talk. At Intel we are packing over 1,500 of these mugs in their bright orange wrapping paper at our Leixlip campus in team events and the mugs will then be distributed across Ireland to the One Good Adult volunteers.
These are just the latest in a series of events that Intel employees will engage in throughout this year to help raise awareness and funds for our signature charities. Other events taking place include the annual Intel Charity Cycle, 5km Fun Run, Golf Classic and Family Day to name a few.
The most recent event to take place was ‘The Kube’, a charity challenge which was modelled on the format of the popular TV series of the same name and involved 36 contestants participating in a variety of challenges. The event was an overwhelming success with over €16,000 being raised for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie and Jigsaw. This will be combined with monies raised through other events with the total overall fundraising amount being revealed at the end of the year.
The next activity that will take place is the annual Intel Charity Cycle which will see almost 200 employees take to their bikes on September 1st to cycle up to 160km each for the signature charities.
The signature charity campaign is also underpinned by Intel’s unique Matching Grants Program which recognises and motivates Intel employees to engage in outreach and volunteerism by providing a cash grant to the schools, charities and other non-profit organisations where they volunteer their time. The grants are accrued based on the number of hours that are volunteered by Intel employees at organisations which are registered as part of the program. Both of the 2017 signature charities will benefit as part of this program as employees engage in volunteer activities to support the work of the two organisations.
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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