Employees at DHL in Ireland, part of the global market leader in the logistics industry, have united to support childrens charity Irish Autism Action by raising 100,000 for the organisation.
Employees from across the island of Ireland, from all walks of life and areas of the business have come together over the last 18 months to take part in a whole host of fundraising activities ranging from pub quizzes, mini marathons and football tournaments to sponsored head-shaving.
Commenting on DHLs contributions, Irish Autism Action patron and Boyzone member Keith Duffy said: Irish Autism Action carries out such an important role in raising awareness of the needs and rights of families affected by autism. Its fantastic to see the enthusiasm that DHLs employees have shown in sacrificing their time to provide support and make a real difference to peoples lives.
DHLs most recent fundraising efforts have seen the raffle of a Mercedes B Class car, which took place in Swords this month. With yet another 50,000 this event took DHLs total fundraising to 100,000, which featured Keith Duffy who drew the winning raffle ticket.
Hugh Basham, Managing Director Ireland, DHL Supply Chain said: Its fantastic to see so many DHL staff across the length and breadth of the country united in backing such a worthwhile project. As a company we try to support charitable causes and its rewarding to see our staff really take the bull by the horns in adopting this approach.
Bernard McCarthy, Managing Director Ireland, DHL Express added The whole project has created a feel good factor throughout the entire business with everyone pulling together for such a good cause. Our employees are passionate about Irish Autism Action and each individual participating has really put their all into it. Even though some now have considerably less hair, there have been no complaints.
The commitment shown by DHL employees in Ireland mirrors the organisational commitment to corporate social responsibility shown by Deutsche Post DHL (DP DHL) employees worldwide. In 2005 DP DHL entered into a strategic partnership with the United Nation system. DP DHL contributes logistics expertise and the commitment of highly trained and motivated employees to deliver support in the face of humanitarian need and disaster management.
Irish Autism Action was founded in 2001. The organisation is an umbrella body currently representing parent groups, support groups and schools for those on the autistic spectrum across Ireland. Irish Autism Actions mission is to raise the quality of life of individuals and their families affected by autism through ensuring the provision of highest standards in education, care, support, employment and equality of living opportunities in partnership with families
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