Make-A-Wish Ireland grants the wishes of children aged 3-17 years living with life-threatening illnesses. These wishes often come at difficult times in the lives of these children and their families. A wish is an incredible respite from the everyday normality they have become used to, that normality often has little to do with what we would recognise from our own daily family lives. SSE Airtricity and SSE colleagues have been delighted to be able to support Make-A-Wish Ireland in being able to grant wishes to brave children right across Ireland. Make-A-Wish Ireland receives no government funding, SSE has worked in partnership with Make-A-Wish Ireland to make memories that will last many lifetimes.
During its partnership with Make-A-Wish Ireland, SSE Ireland has raised a fantastic €237,273.61 for Make-A-Wish Ireland through a range of marketing campaigns, employee volunteering and ‘wish granting’
One of the initiatives SSE staff took on in 2018 in support of Make -A- Wish Ireland was The SSE Ireland Charity Cycle. The cycle left Dublin and SSE’s headquarters and weaved its way through Ireland’s midlands to the finish at Galway Wind Park, which was jointly developed by SSE and Coillte. The 400km cycle took the team through Kildare, Laois, Offaly and Tipperary before finishing at Ireland’s largest wind farm on the Connemara coast.
The cyclists covered a combined 12,000km over the three-day cross-country route – equivalent to more than three Tour de France races. While none of the SSE riders were pushing for a yellow jersey, they can certainly be proud of their efforts with almost €35,000 raised for Make-A-Wish Ireland, a children’s charity which grants the wishes of children and young people with life-threatening medical conditions.
SSE’s partnership has allowed for various forms of employee engagement, this cycle being an example of one.
SSE employee and one of the event organisers, Maria Browne, said: “It’s been a privilege to be part of this incredible event. We’re all immensely proud of the hard work and training that went into making the cycle a success, but even prouder that we surpassed our fundraising target of €30,000 for such an incredible cause.”
Make- A- Wish Ireland noted that “The support SSE has given in terms of wishes and donations has been extraordinary. It is thanks to SSE and SSE colleagues that Make-A-Wish Ireland has been able to grant wishes to brave children right across Ireland. Make-A-Wish receives no government funding, it is for this reason that SSE have made such an extraordinary impact on the lives of so many.”
Not only has the partnership and this event allowed SSE to make a positive impact to Make-a-Wish Ireland but it has also boasted employee morale amongst the cohort of colleagues who took on this cycle challenge and the wider SSE employee base.
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Pictured above SSE Colleagues taking part in the SSE Charity Cycle reaching their destination of Galway Wind Park.