Beckman staff raise €9,000 for charity

Beckman staff raise €9,000 for charity


A huge fundraising drive by Beckman Coulter’s 400 staff at O’Callaghan’s Mills, Co Clare, has netted more than €9,000 for two important charities.

Staff taking part in the Great Limerick Run (May 5) and associated Children’s Tons of Fun event and the annual Darkness into Light event (May 11) has already raised funds for the Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick and the national organisation Pieta House.

10% of the staff – are taking part in separate Darkness Into Light events on May 11 in Clare, Limerick and Galway.

In addition, over 90 staff took part in the Great Limerick Run (May 5) , raising thousands of euro for the Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick which helps children to cope with bereavement. 20 children of employees participated in the Children’s Tons of Fun event

The events were supported by the Beckman Coulter Foundation and the company’s Sports and Social club.

The company is marking the events by making a donation to the charities, alongside the money raised through fundraising by staff.

There are more than 200 Darkness into Light events held across Ireland and globally every year to support those affected by suicide and self-harm. The funds help those who suffer with chronic depression and those affected by suicide to look after their mental health and well-being.

Beckman Coulter Site Director, Orlaith Lawler said: “Beckman Coulter staff are delighted to be able to help two wonderful organisations by taking part in these remarkable events. Sadly, no family has been untouched by the devastation of suicide, including our own work force who are determined to raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause.”

“The Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick also does remarkable work, so the staff wanted to take part and raise money to help support it. Everyone has been very proactive about the event itself and the fundraising.”

Since opening its doors in 2006, Pieta House has helped over 36,000 people in suicidal distress and has established 18 centres across Ireland.

The Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick offers invaluable support to children who have been affected by loss through death, separation or divorce, helping them to process and express their grief in a child-centred, safe and neutral environment.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.