Happy to be roped in to help Irish Life support charities

by Gazette Reporter

STAFF at a city centre company braved serious heights to raise money for two worthy charities last week.
Some 113 Irish Life employees, including Declan Bolger, chief executive of Canada Life Assurance Europe, raised €35,000 for CMRF Crumlin and MS Ireland by abseiling down nine floors from the roof of Irish Life’s building on Abbey Street. The staff’s €35,000 was matched by Irish Life, creating €70,000 to be split between the two charities.
Each year, two charities are nominated by the financial institution’s employees, often with very personal connections to them. CMRF Crumlin provides vital funding for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and The National Children’s Research Centre, and MS Ireland.
The Irish Life staff organise and participate in a range of activities to raise money throughout the year. Since its inception in 1995, Irish Life Staff Charities has raised more than €2 million for various national and international charities.
Last years charities were The Down Syndrome Centre and The Laura Brennan Charitable Trust, with the final donation in 2016 to each charity set at €172,000.
David Harney, chief executive, Irish Life said: “The spirit of serving the communities in which we’re based and supporting those in need is a key part of our Irish Life culture.
“I’m proud to lead a team that really gets behind this initiative each year, giving their time and support in a way that makes a real difference.” Picture: Morgan Treacy

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