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.