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.

Over 1,800 GSK employees in Ireland selected Make-A-Wish Ireland as the GSK Charity of the Year for 2016 and 2017. €50,000 will be donated by GSK over the two years while employees across our four sites - Dublin, Waterford, Sligo and Cork - will also organise, fundraise, and participate in a number of events to raise additional funds. We are aiming to support the granting of up to 20 wishes for Make-A-Wish Ireland, as well as getting their employees involved in volunteering.

Every two years, GSK’s innovative Charity Partnership programme allows our employees to nominate and vote for charities closest to their heart. In addition to the financial donations, GSK employees will also share their time and expertise with Make-A-Wish Ireland through the GSK volunteer programme and our main fundraising event the ‘GSK Wheelie Good Cause’. This year employees across the four GSK locations in Dungarvan, Cork, Dublin and Sligo, were on theri bikes in Dungarvan participating in either 50km or 100km routes.

Commenting on the partnership, Make-A-Wish CEO, Susan O’ Dwyer, said:

Our new and exciting partnership with GSK will make a real difference to our work across 2016 and 2017. Monies raised will help us in our mission to grant more magical wishes to children in Ireland and will make a lasting difference to entire families of wish- children in bringing some joy and relief in spite of the enormous challenges they face. We look forward to working with GSK and their employees over the years ahead

Claire Taaffe, Communications Director for GSK in Ireland, said:

Our ‘charity of the year’ initiative is just one way we focus on putting patients first, supporting a healthy Ireland and making a difference to the communities we work in. This year, over 85% of our employees chose Make-A-Wish as our charity partner of the year, a landslide vote which showcases how inspired our team is by the work that The Make- A-Wish Foundation undertakes. This year our aim is to raise enough monies across each site in order to grant as many as 20 magical wishes and fun memories for Irish children to last them a lifetime!

Since 1992, Make-A-Wish Ireland has granted over 1,800 wishes in Ireland, providing lasting memories for sick children and their families. Make-A-Wish Ireland’s primary objective is to grant the wishes of children aged between 3 and 17 years living with life threatening medical conditions. A wish granted is true magic for the child, providing respite from what for them is often their routine of medical tests and results, visits to the doctor and hospital.