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Applegreen PLC – The Applegreen Charitable Fund Innovating for the Future

The Applegreen Charitable Fund was set up in December 2009 to ‘give back’ to the communities in which Applegreen operates throughout Ireland. The Charitable Fund is driven by employees from all areas of the business, from service stations to head office staff. In December 2017, the fund reached a milestone of raising €2 million making a crucial contribution to vital children and adult charity services nationwide.  The Charitable Fund Programme connects Applegreen staff with their customers, charity partners and community by exploring how they can work towards a better and innovative future. For Applegreen, corporate social responsibility is not just a programme or a donation, it’s the way they do business every day.

Bank of Ireland Group plc – Up the Hill for Jack and Jill

Up the Hill for Jack & Jill is the annual flagship fundraiser for The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. Over the past number of years, the amounts raised from the campaign has fallen considerably since its peak. Bank of Ireland came on-board in 2017 to help the charity to reshape the campaign and ensure its sustainability for years to come.

In the four month run up to the campaign, Bank of Ireland’s marketing team provided their expertise and guidance in all aspects of the campaign, including creative design and a bespoke online registration process.To encourage participation, every €16 registration (one hour of nursing care) was topped up by €4 by Bank of Ireland. Any Bank of Ireland colleague’s registration was matched in full. The collaborative effort between the Bank and Jack & Jill resulted in fundraising totalling over €80,000 which delivered 5,000 nursing hours for families around the country.

Bord Gais Energy - Focus Our Energy Partnership

In 2015, Bord Gáis Energy entered a unique Partnership with Focus Ireland to help prevent family homelessness in Ireland. The partnership to date has supported over 5,182 families in need and helped provide assistance for families at risk of, and experiencing, homelessness throughout the country. Everyone at Bord Gáis Energy is dedicated to the Partnership with Focus Ireland. This is evident through a strong commitment to volunteering, ongoing fundraising, and support for initiatives such as ‘Shine a Light’, the Bord Gáis Energy staff Office to Office Cycle and the public awareness campaign ‘Helping Hands’.

This successful Partnership which has recently been extended until 2021, has been instrumental in building awareness of the growing homeless epidemic in Ireland.

Deloitte – Deloitte Overseas Volunteer Placement with Nurture Africa

Deloitte have an ambitious target to reach 50 million futures by 2030 through upskilling with an initiative called “WorldClass”. Deloitte Ireland have embraced this challenge by applying their core skills to empower people through education, skills development, and access to opportunities with their volunteering programme, including one of their key charity partnerships; Nurture Africa (NA). NA is an Irish founded organisation based in Uganda whose goal is to support vulnerable children and their families mentally and physically, who are affected by HIV/AIDS.

Deloitte have partnered with NA since 2013 and have evolved the partnership with innovative approaches to the overseas volunteer programme. 85 Deloitte volunteers have participated to date coaching and supporting NA and their partner organisations through empowering local community groups and enterprises in the Ugandan community to be self-sufficient, helping to manage the HIV legacy and enabling economic opportunities.

Diageo Ireland – Celebrating 200 Years of the Dublin Pub – Diageo and LVA ALONE Partnership

To celebrate 200 years of the Dublin pub, Diageo helped the Licensed Vintner's Association (LVA) by giving back to the community in partnership with ALONE, which helps older people age at home. Diageo's master brewers created a new beer, Dublin Amber Ale, to celebrate 200 years of the Dublin pub in 2017, with 50 cent from each pint sold being given by publicans and Diageo to ALONE.

An ambition was set to raise €1,000 for each of the 200 years of the Dublin Pub, to be used exclusively to increase the Befriending Network in Dublin, a national network of befriending services for adults hosted by ALONE and to contribute towards the construction of homes in the capital for the elderly. Ultimately, over 300 pubs took part and over €225,000 was raised for ALONE, which is using the money for its Befriending network and to build homes for older people.

Earth’s Edge – KPAP Equipment Lending Programme

Earth’s Edge is Ireland’s only fully licensed adventure travel company. The Equipment Lending Programme was established to help the porters who work on Africa’s highest mountain. At 5,896m Kilimanjaro is a serious challenge for all climbers especially the porters who have the additional task of carrying heavy loads. Many of the porters are poorly clothed for mountaineering, where temperatures can dip to -30 Celsius. Earth’s Edge identified a need to supply porters with mountaineering clothing and equipment. They have partnered with NGO KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project) who have an equipment lending programme for porters. They appeal to their clients and network in Ireland for this second hand clothing.

 In October 2017 Earth’s Edge made an appeal for second hand mountaineering clothing. With their first expedition to Kilimanjaro in February 2018 they sent 13 duffel bags of good quality clothing and equipment to donate to the KPAP Equipment Lending Programme.  

William Fry – William Fry Partnership with the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation

William Fry and the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation have come together in a 3 year strategic partnership that includes a corporate donation of €100,000 as well as pro bono support, skills based volunteering and fundraising. The charity was chosen with the support of William Fry staff and was launched in 2017 as part of the William Fry Making a Difference CSR programme.

Some of the impacts that have already come out of the partnership include pro bono support through a GDPR for Charities workshop held by the William Fry Technology team and the extremely successful Incognito art exhibit. Incognito saw more than 50 William Fry employees donate 168 volunteer hours over 4 days to help Jack & Jill raise more than €90,000 which will provide 5,665 nursing hours to Jack & Jill children. Support of Incognito also included significant event, PR and Digital support from William Fry staff.

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