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Canada Life Reinsurance – Cycling Without Age – Sybil Hill Nursing Home

Canada Life Reinsurance provides cycling based excursions for residents of Sybil Hill Nursing Home.

Employees of Canada Life Reinsurance have provided the residents of Sybil Hill Nursing Home in Raheny with a novel way to enjoy their local area. They have donated a trishaw, a three wheeled cycle, to the nursing home and arranged to pilot the bike and bring the residents out for cycles in the local area.The interaction with the nursing home is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme which aims to engage with the elderly in the community.The Canada Life Reinsurance team approached Sybil Hill nursing home in Raheny run by the Little Sisters of the Poor to discuss the introduction of Cycling Without Age. Sister Miriam and the nursing home nuns were delighted with the idea, and the first trishaw was ordered by Canada Life Reinsurance.

Coca-Cola Ireland – Coca-Cola Thank You Fund

Since 2011, Coca-Cola has awarded €855,000 to 70 non-profit organisations across the island of Ireland. They have received over 4,000 entries and secured over 80 million media impressions through earned and paid media. Working with their partners in the youth space, Irish Youth Foundation and Youth Action Northern Ireland, the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund has supported projects including community, social and education programmes aimed at youth, promoting healthy and active lifestyles, and environmental leadership. In 2017, €100,000 was awarded to 14 community groups in Ireland and Northern Ireland to support innovative projects which will inspire young people.

When the campaign launched, Coca-Cola Ireland researched the needs and aspirations of young people living in Ireland. 240 entries were received following the launch, with a judges panel shortlisting them down to 20. These 20 presented their ideas to the judges, with five organisations receiving €10,000 and an additional eight organisations receiving €5,000.

Lidl Ireland – Lidl Community Works

Lidl Community Works is the community pillar Lidl’s CSR programme. The objective of the programme is to be a good neighbour by positively contributing to communities. In 2017, the scope of Lidl’s community activities was expanded with the launch of new initiatives such as ‘Lidl Feed It Back’; a food redistribution programme, ‘Charity of the Week’ and Autism Aware stores. Charity of the Week sees Lidl donate €1,000 every week for a whole year to local charities and groups across Ireland. Lidl continued to work closely with Barretstown, reaching a fundraising milestone of €2 million and the second year of the Ladies Gaelic Football partnership “Serious Starts Here” focused on investing at local level and in the community.

Microsoft Ireland – Special Olympics National Games

Through the company’s Tech4Good programme, Microsoft is continuing to support Special Olympics Ireland with their digital transformation journey through software and device donations as well as financial donations. In the lead up to the Special Olympics Summer Games which took place in Ireland in June 2018, Microsoft employee volunteers in Ireland worked together with six members of Team Ireland in the Athlete Engagement programme to help them prepare for the Games, encourage them to achieve more and boost their confidence.

PayPal – Opportunity Hack

PayPal's Opportunity Hack 2.0 is a local charity hackathon held in Dublin in collaboration with Fingal Chamber. The innovation charity event, which took place at the Castleknock Hotel brought together 30 PayPal teammates to create and develop digital resources for five Irish charities over a 24-hour period.

The volunteers were drawn from various disciplines within PayPal including coding, software development, customer support, risk and compliance. They were tasked with working with the charities to develop solutions for their most pressing digital needs. The team behind Chifundo, a charity dedicated to the education of some of the most underprivileged children in the villages of Zomba in Malawi, claimed the number one spot. Second place went to Pieta House which helps those in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.

Not only did the charities benefit, but PayPal teammates got a great sense of achievement from applying their expertise to new challenges.

Tesco Ireland – Tesco Community Fund – Donating €3m to 10,000 local causes

Tesco stores are at the heart of hundreds of communities across Ireland and as a company they already work closely with community groups, charities and organisations through partnerships with Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and FoodCloud. Three years ago, the company saw an opportunity to forge closer links with the communities around their stores and so Tesco Community Fund was born.  Launched in July 2014, the Fund has donated €3 million to a staggering 10,000 good community causes to date. 2017 was the most successful year of the fund with 5,483 causes in every corner of the country receiving support.  As well as directly benefiting community groups and charities, Tesco customers and employees are involved every step of the way in ensuring the iconic blue community fund tokens find their way into the hands of consumers and the funds find their way into the hearts of communities across Ireland.

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