Oranmore software company, Channel Mechanics, were delighted to have Cancer Care West visit the office this week to present the charity with a cheque for €10,801. The presentation highlighting the results of a Channel Mechanics Charity fundraiser which saw the company clock up just over 4,050 kms along with their “Donate a Day” campaign.
Having initially set a target to raise €2,020 in aid of Cancer Care West, the team blew this out of the water by ultimately raising €10,801. By joining forces with the ITAG Skillnet #20kYourWay challenge, the company asked colleagues to pledge to walk, run, cycle or swim a combined target of 3,000km. In the end, the charity team clocked up a grand total of 4,051kms. This consisted of the team pledging to walk anything from 30km to cycling 1,000km. Not a bad result when the couch is calling on a cold and wet winters night!
“We chose Cancer Care West as our charity of choice for 2020 because not only are they a local charity, but they provide a vital and caring service to the community…making a real difference to the lives of those affected by cancer. Unfortunately, most families know someone who has been affected by cancer, so this was close to all our hearts.”
Tom Maguire, Channel Mechanics Charity Team
As a small team, the company initially set what they thought was a realistic target. However, as a company, they felt they could do better. At this point company CEO, Kenneth Fox, suggested “Donate a Day”, whereby employees could volunteer to give up a day’s holiday to the charity. By doing so, employees would donate their salary for that day to the charity. To add a little encouragement/incentive, the company donated an additional €200 for each day the team donated. The result being a cheque for €10,801 and some very tired limbs.
As well as the charitable aspect, the team found the fundraiser brought everyone together outside of work…something critically important as we embraced working from home during the pandemic. We had lots of fun through the WhatsApp group with online banter, novel photos, and encouragement. Not to mention improving our general fitness! We also experienced the kindness and generosity of friends, family and customers when being asked to contribute to our fundraiser in such a difficult year.”
Brian O’Higgins, Channel Mechanics Charity Team
We’re truly delighted with the funds we raised and know that Cancer Care West will be putting the money to great use. We wish everyone involved with Cancer Care West a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and look forward to popping into see them when things return to normal.
“We are hugely grateful to all the staff in Channel Mechanics for their generous support of Cancer Care West through their fundraising initiative. They raised a fantastic amount and these funds will go directly towards helping meet the costs of residential and cancer support services at Cancer Care West, which are provided free of charge to cancer patients and their families. Cancer affects people in our community every day, either directly or indirectly through a loved one. At Cancer Care West our vision is that no-one should have to go through a cancer experience alone. And everything we do has this vision in mind. Without people like the staff of Channel Mechanics, we simply couldn’t do what we do, so we are so grateful for their support.”
Orla Cunniffe, Community Fundraiser, Cancer Care West
Cancer affects people in our community every day, directly or indirectly through a loved one. Our vision is that no-one should have to go through a cancer experience alone. Everything we do has this vision in mind. We provide professional community-based practical and emotional support services, free of charge, to anyone affected by cancer. We also provide training for oncology staff and supports research into patient care. To learn more about Cancer Care West, click here
ITAG is a non-profit community of indigenous and multinational technology companies and organizations along the AtlanTec Way. Established in 2000, our vision is to lead and support a thriving technology community of innovators and influencers. We achieve this vision through talent development, upskilling and by providing opportunities to member companies to connect and collaborate.