THE STAFF at Irish Life's customer call centre in Finnabair Business Park, along with their work colleagues around the county, have raised €140,000 for the two nominated Irish Life staff charities this year - Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin and the Cyril Duncan Siam Children's Foundation, which supports projects for vulnerable children in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Dundalk Irish Life employees have a long tradition supporting charities and last year Irish Life nationally celebrated the fact that they hit a €1million milestone in funds raised for worthy causes over the past sixteen years.
Sé Weston, manager of the Irish Life Customer Service Centre, explained that at the start of every year Irish Life staff nominate two charities of their choice, one an Irish charity working at home and one an Irish charity working abroad, and they then concentrate their fundraising efforts on these causes throughout the year through a series of events and activities.
'Activities this year included a Strictly Come Dancing competition, Operation Transformation – Irish Life style, and book sales among others. Many staff members have also signed up to a staff charity salary deduction scheme facilitating a voluntary donation each month.'
Se, who is also the founding member and chairman of Irish Life Staff Charities, added ' The fact that the nominated charities usually are causes close to the heart of employees makes our efforts even more worthwhile.'
'So it is more than just the money, it's the personal time, the team support and connection and the stretching personal challenges that make it really special and fulfilling. It is a great lift to staff to make this donation especially at Christmas time.'
Joe Quinsey, chief executive of the Children's Medical & Research Foundation at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, said: 'We are extremely grateful for this donation which will be used to support investigations into childhood illness and diseases at the National Children's Research Centre based at the hospital.'
Brian Duncan from The Cyril Duncan Siam Children's Foundation said, ' This donation as well as helping to support children in Bangkok is also very personal to myself and my wife Lek who is originally from Thailand. The money will go towards a number of children's centres who provide shelter, education, medical help and support to vulnerable children. Every penny of the money will go to the charity on the ground.'