The ‘Our Charity’ committee celebrates €90k raised over the last three years

On Valentine’s Day, Coca‑Cola HBC’s more than 750 employees celebrated the launch of their new 2019 partnerships with Action Mental Health and the Marie Keating Foundation.

Coca‑Cola HBC’s ‘Our Charity’ programme is a fundraising initiative, which is led, driven and activated by employees. On a three-year basis, employees vote to decide on the causes and charities that resonate most with them and, this year, selected Action Mental Health and the Marie Keating Foundation as their chosen partners.

This follows the culmination of an outstanding fundraising campaign over the previous three years which saw more than €90,000 raised for Macmillan Cancer Services and The Dublin Simon Community. Through more than 50 events and initiatives over the course of the partnerships, employees raised approximately €45,000 which was then match-funded by Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Led by its ‘Our Charity’ committee, Coca‑Cola HBC employees celebrated the launch of the new partnerships with Action Mental Health and the Marie Keating Foundation on Thursday 14th February; Valentine’s Day. Employees ‘shared the love’ with the charities by wearing red on the day, and came together to welcome the organisations at events held in both Dublin and Lisburn.

There is no doubt that our employees are extremely passionate about supporting local charities and this year will be no exception. We are excited to partner with both of these important charities and we look forward to putting the FUN into fundraising with our action-packed calendar of events. Elly McKee, Coca‑Cola HBC’s Our Charity co-ordinator

“We also take the opportunity to thank our previous charity partners Macmillan Cancer Services and Dublin Simon Community who were fantastic partners to us over the last three years. Our employees were truly inspired by the outstanding work they do; supporting those living with cancer, and also those experiencing homelessness. We wish both organisations every future success.”

Statistics show that one in five adults in Northern Ireland will show signs of mental illness. Founded in 1963, Action Mental Health (AMH) is a local charity which works to enhance the quality of life and the employability of people with mental health needs or a learning disability in Northern Ireland. AMH delivers services and projects across the country, from health promotion work in schools, cross-border counties and employers, to employment services to assist people to remain in work or re-enter the workforce.

Jonathan Smyth, Action Mental Health Fundraising & Communications Manager

One in four deaths in Ireland are caused by cancer, and the disease accounts for approximately 30% of deaths every year. Founded in 2001 by Ronan Keating and his relatives, The Marie Keating Foundation focuses on raising the awareness of cancer, and the importance of early detection. The Foundation is a leading voice in cancer awareness and information for both men and women in Ireland and strives to achieve a world free from the fear of cancer.