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Boots Ireland - Partnership with a Charity

Boots and the Irish Cancer Society are working in partnership with a vision that every person in Ireland will have access to the best possible cancer services and supports available when affected by cancer. The aim of the partnership with the Irish Cancer Society is to support people living with cancer in Ireland and to increase awareness and promote prevention through the Boots Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacist role while raising funds for the Night Nursing Service. This service provides dignity and comfort to patients through free end of life care in their own homes to families nationwide.

Boots Colleagues have raised €1.3 million to date and has trained 149 Boots Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacists and 130 Boots Cancer Beauty Advisors.  For Daffodil Day 2018, Boots stores raised €74,885, this was a 148% increase on the amount raised in 2017.

LinkedIn Ireland – LinkedIn for Good Jobcare partnership

In May 2017, LinkedIn Ireland launched a multi-year partnership with a Dublin based non-profit, Jobcare. Jobcare is committed to working with people caught in the trap of unemployment. This partnership forms part of LinkedIn’s global social impact programme, LinkedIn for Good (LIFG). The mission of LIFG is to leverage core assets to ensure that the company is having a positive social impact on the communities that employees live and work in. As part of that effort, LIFG identifies high-potential non-profit partnerships around the world, connecting underserved communities to economic opportunity by providing them with the networks, skills and opportunities that they need to succeed. More than 100 employees volunteer one day per month to educate Jobcare participants on how to leverage the LinkedIn platform as part of their job search efforts.

To enable the success of the partnership LinkedIn is providing substantial unrestricted funding to Jobcare over a two-year period.

Mace Technology Ireland – Mace and Barretstown Community Project

Mace Technology Ireland partnered with local Barretstown Children’s Charity in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare in 2016.  Barretstown offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness, serving over 30,000 campers since opening their doors in 1994 with varying degrees of illness and disabilities. Each day Barretstown provides wishes and dreams to families and campers in communities both locally and nationally. Mace commenced this initiative to help Barretstown Charity have their own wishes and dreams come true. Over €145,000 has been donated along with over 800 hours through Mace volunteer days undertaking maintenance, DIY and general landscaping works at the 500-acre Charity estate. Pro-bono upgrade works worth over €200,000 completed at Barretstown Castle by Mace Technology Ireland has been life-changing for the campers including wheel chair accessibility of activities and inclusion in camp activities never before possible, such as horse riding and archery.

Microsoft Ireland – Enable Ireland Retro Gaming for Eye Gaze

The Microsoft HackAbility group was founded by seven Microsoft interns who focused on enabling people with disabilities to achieve and access more, with the help of Enable Ireland. For this Hack, they wanted to making retro gaming accessible for people with disabilities. The interns worked closely with two assistive technology service users from Enable Ireland, Lisa and James, who suffer from Cerebral Palsy and who both use the Microsoft Surface and Eye Gaze technology to do everyday things that wouldn’t be possible without Microsoft’s innovation. The team’s aim was to enable Lisa and James to play XBOX retro games using Microsoft Eye Gaze technology.

The interns engaged with a variety of experts across Microsoft along with Enable Ireland who were invited to HackAbility sessions in Microsoft.

The team invested over 750 hours in this project and made a huge difference in the lives of the people using the technology.

Transdev Dublin Light Rail – FillaLuas Homeless Shoebox Appeal

In 2017, Transdev joined forces with Inner City Helping Homeless to tackle homelessness in Ireland, a social issue which is at an all-time high. The project involves creating an event at a Luas platform in Dublin city centre where the homeless of Dublin can receive meals, haircuts, and entertainment whilst the public and local businesses can donate Christmas shoe-boxes as gifts for the homeless and participate in the festivities.

The event is an excellent fit for Transdev’s CSR approach and contributes towards targets as outlined in the ‘Going the Extra Mile’ strategy. It engages over 25 members of staff in a local charity programme, contributes over 200 volunteer hours towards community based projects and showcases the leadership role Transdev takes in working with charities in collaborative activities. The event also contributes to tackling three SDGS (SDG1 (No Poverty), SDG3 (Good Health and Wellbeing) and SDG11(Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Tesco Ireland – Tesco Ireland raising funds to save lives at Temple Street

 Temple Street is the charity partner of Tesco Ireland who are hugely proud to have smashed their target to raise €3m in three years to fund life-saving equipment for the sick children of Temple Street.  Due to their collaborative success, driven by the passion of the 13,000 Tesco colleagues nationwide, the partnership is extending to five years with a €5m fundraising target. Through colleague-led fun at work fundraising initiatives, Tesco raises money to purchase life-saving medical equipment and raises awareness of the work that the hospital does for children from right across Ireland.

 In the words of Temple Street CEO Denise Fitzgerald: “We are truly honoured that Tesco is extending our charity partnership for another two years. As a direct result of their support over the past three years, we have seen transformative change in our hospital.”

Vodafone Ireland Ltd – Vodafone and Childline – Working Together to Keep Children Safe by Keeping them Connected

Vodafone Foundation Ireland and ISPCC Childline commenced a five-year partnership in 2016, with a hugely ambitious plan: to transform ISPCC Childline's services to children, with a shared vision of keeping children safe by keeping them connected.

Now mid-way through the partnership, the impacts of that ambition are felt and the achievements together are growing daily - a new text service is now in place to replace an outdated service, the online webchat service and website is being entirely redesigned and rebuilt. This will be replaced with a robust online chat service and mobile-first designed website to reach more children, with content designed for their needs.

Childline has been enabled by Vodafone to reach out to children all over Ireland through an innovative marketing campaign, involving advertising, PR and packs for school classes, teachers and parents, normalising talking and, promoting a culture of talking and resilience for children.

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