Charity of the Year
Each year GSK employees across Ireland choose an Irish charity for the GSK Ireland Charity of the Year through a competitive nomination and voting process.
Each of GSK’s five individual businesses in Ireland donate €5,000 per annum to the charity, equating to a minimum donation of €25,000. In addition to the funds donated by the company, a number of employee fundraising events also take place to raise extra monies for the charity and promote awareness of the work conducted by the chosen charity. GSK employees also share their time and expertise with the charity through GSK’s volunteer programme.
The GSK Charity of the Year 2014/2015 is the Irish Hospice Foundation, a charity promoting high-quality care for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families by building support for this objective in all care settings. Over the duration of the partnership, GSK employees organise events to raise much-needed funds for the fantastic work of the foundation.
The main fundraising event each year is the ‘GSK Wheelie Good Cause’, an annual cycle which is open to all employees across the four GSK locations in Dungarvan, Cork, Dublin and Sligo.This year’s ‘GSK Wheelie Good Cause’ will take place in Sligo on 20th September. Participants can choose to cycle either 50km or 100km through the glorious North West countryside and all money raised will go directly to the Irish Hospice Foundation.
Our Charity of the Year in 2013 was the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, an organisation focussed on providing nursing care and support for children with severe neurological development issues as well as supporting the parents and families. Our teams organised various fundraising events from our annual ‘Wheelie Good Cause’ cycle to BBQs, raffles and Quiz nights. In total, we raised almost €65,000 for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation in 2013.
Other charities that have been supported by our team in previous years include the Irish Cancer Society (2012), the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland (2011) and the Joe Kavanagh Foundation (2010).
Charities can be considered for the GSK Charity of the Year programme only if nominated directly by a significant number of GSK employees.
“We are delighted to be supporting the Irish Hospice Foundation in carrying out their much needed service and advocacy work and look forward to partnering with them on a number of events and employee engagement programmes over the next two years. As a science-led healthcare company, we have huge potential to improve Irish people’s health and well-being. Our ‘charity of the year’ initiative is just one way we focus on doing the right thing, putting patients first, supporting a healthy Ireland and making a difference to the communities we work in.”
– Jacinta Collins, Communications Director, GSK in Ireland