Monday 24 June 2019

Apple reveals volunteer work in Cork as part of €110m drive


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Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Apple has released new details about the scale of its volunteering and charitable work in Cork and other global centres. The tech giant has raised $365m (€321m) for non-profit organisations and activities around the world, the company said in a post.

Apple has highlighted the Terence MacSwiney School in Cork, where more than a dozen volunteers visit weekly to help teach coding, drawing, photography, music and video.

Apple employs over 6,000 people at its Hollyhill campus, where it has been established for over 35 years.

According to the company, the Terence MacSwiney school is one of thousands of organisations where Apple employees volunteer their time. For every hour or euro an employee gives, Apple provides matching funds. In 2018, that added up to more than a quarter of a million hours volunteered and more than €110m donated to organisations around the world, the company said.

The charitable details emerged as Apple CEO Tim Cook gave an interview extolling the virtues of creativity in education. "People are not born with the same resources but many are born with incredible opportunities to learn and to move up and do incredible things in life," he told the German publication 'Bild'.

"I was born in a very rural lower-middle-class environment. I loved it and it's great for me, but the thing that enabled me to do other things and to be at Apple today is education. The challenge that we have as company and that teachers and parents have is to figure out the best way to unleash it from the kids."

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