Each year Intel selects a signature charity for our employees to dedicate their combined efforts towards, providing volunteer time and funds raised through specially organised activities. For 2022, Global Action Plan Ireland were selected, and employees have been taking part in numerous events during the year to date to raise funds and generate awareness in support of the charity.
At the beginning of the year to celebrate National Tree Week, Intel Factory Manager Joe Bolger and Hans Zomer from Global Action Plan planted a commemorative tree to mark the charity partnership between our two organisations and to celebrate new beginnings as the tree was planted near Fab 34, our new factory in Ireland.
This week we were delighted to present a symbolic cheque totalling €30,565 which was raised through a variety of fundraising events that took place throughout the year.
In addition to the funds raised, over 1000 hours of employee volunteer time was provided to Global Action Plan by Intel employees.
Chief among the highlights of the fundraising activity was the annual Intel Charity Cycle, which took place in September. This year’s cycle saw 150 Intel employees complete the first in person cycle since 2019. The cycle event raised almost €10,000.
Employees also took part in fun runs, bake sales and a rugby predictions competition to raise funds in support of the charity.
The funds donated will go towards the planting of trees in Ireland and abroad. Global Action Plan works together with Hometree and Tree Nation to plant these trees. Funds will also be used by Global Action Plan, in partnership with Young Ballymun, as it delivers the 'Nature Explorer for Toddlers and Afterschooler' programme for children living in emergency accommodation or in disadvantaged situations in the Ballymun community.
Speaking about the donation, Global Action Plan CEO Hans Zomer said “Our partnership with Intel Ireland has been truly transformative for our organisation. Not only were we able to work together on the innovative Sustainable Kildare programme but we also benefited from the generous support of countless Intel employees. The partnership opened many new doors for us, enabling us to bring our climate solutions to companies we did not previously have access to.
It is very clear that Global Action Plan‘s approach of empowering individuals to make tangible lifestyle changes to help protect the planet resonated strongly with Intel staff.
We hope we can continue to work with Intel, on both of our organisations’ journeys towards greater sustainability.”
About Global Action Plan
Global Action Plan (GAP) supports people to live more sustainable lifestyles, by offering practical yet creative solutions that inspire people to act. Equally important, GAP programmes empower individuals to change their long-term consumption habits with sustainable living tools and programmes.
Global Action Plan works with community groups, schools and businesses all over Ireland. Through their evidence-based programmes, GAP promotes social inclusion and ensures that those who are most disadvantaged have the support and tools they need to participate in effective and creative climate action.
GAP Ireland is part of GAP International – a global network of organisations in 13 countries working together to achieve this mission. www.globalactionplan.ie