In April 2017, Fujitsu Ireland announced a two-year partnership with the National Council of the Blind of Ireland (NCBI). NCBI is at the forefront of Irish Charities working for the rising number of people nationwide who are affected by sight loss.
In Ireland, working age people with sight loss face extraordinarily high unemployment rates. Working with NCBI, we have developed and delivered CV and Interview Skills Workshops.Our main aim is to build confidence in service users by providing them with the skills needed to progress beyond the interview stage into internships and meaningful employment. With the long-term goal of tackling high unemployment rates amongst working age people with sight loss, we have linked NCBI up with one of our larger training supplier, SureSkills Training, to carry out free skills workshops after our partnership’s cessation.
Fundraising is another important element of our partnership. To date, we have delivered a wide range of fundraising activities which has allowed us to hit our target goal of €10,000 each year for NCBI.
Fujitsu also proudly sponsored two of NCBI’s biggest calendar events for two consecutive years:
Cycle of Light, which saw many of our staff cycling toward the dawn in a bid to raise vital funds for NCBI’s rehabilitation and children services
Dine in the Dark, which challenges restaurant goers to eat blind folded in order to raise funds and awareness for life changing sight loss services across Ireland
Together with NCBI, we feel we have more to explore in this relationship. With this, we have decided to extend our partnership for a further year with a strong focus on the development of a technical project to benefit NCBI service users.
All that we have achieved is a testament to the hard work, dedication and generosity of our employees who share in our commitment to create a more positive, safer and prosperous society.
This partnership supports UN Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities, Target 10.2 and Goal 4: Quality Education, Target 4.5.
On NCBI’s partnership with Fujitsu, Chris White, CEO of NCBI, said that
‘’ We are delighted to continue to engage with the team across a number of activities, from Awareness Training sessions to rallying teams competing in the Women’s Mini-Marathon. What really stands out for us is the company’s genuine enthusiasm and interest in the impact their partnership and fundraising efforts, have on the lives of the people we support. Every day in our centres across the country, we provide practical and emotional support, rehabilitation services and hands-on training to help those who need our services, to live independently and confidently. The Fujitsu team are with us every step of the way. Thank you.’’