PwC and local school “row their boats” to support the Peter McVerry Trust

BITCI News - Uncategorized - Jul 28, 2014

pwcPwC, together with Localise, youth development organisation, held a fundraising event “Row Row Row Your Boat” with the students from local school, St Laurence O’Toole’s, Seville Place, Dublin 1. Over 120 PwC people and students from the school “rowed” over 125kms (the length of the Liffey from source to sea) on rowing machines at the offices of PwC to support the Peter McVerry Trust.  The funds will be put towards purchasing sleeping bags for the homeless in Dublin.

The success of the project, which was in no small part due to the students’ determination and hard work, is demonstrated by the generous donations received today.

Speaking at the event, Ronan Murphy, Senior Partner, PwC, said: “PwC is committed to supporting our local community and in helping to make it a great place to live and work.  We are delighted to have the opportunity to support  the St Laurence O’Toole school and Localise Fundraising initiative today, which is an integral part of our Corporate Responsibility programme.  The children have worked hard to make today happen and our PwC volunteers have enjoyed sharing their time and experience – together they have helped make a real difference.  I would like to congratulate everyone involved in a job well done.”

Derek Cleary, Director of Services, Localise, said: “The children have really benefited from the project, while also getting a taste of working with a business and testing their project management skills.  It is through working together with local businesses such as PwC that communities can really grow and develop and this project showed the power of this collaboration.”.

Localise & PwC

PwC and Localise and the students from local school, St Laurence O’Toole’s, Seville Place, Dublin 1 have worked together for the past five years. As part of this year’s programme a team of 16 volunteers from PwC has been working together with 38 children from the local school since February. Together with Localise representatives, they have worked on designing a ‘Caring for the Community’ project. The aim of the Localise project is to develop the children’s skills and talents and to help them understand the importance of teamwork and how to plan, manage and implement a project.