Updated: 21/01/17 : 06:28:08
To help highlight the positive impacts that
volunteering has on lives across Ireland, Abbott is lending its support
to the European Volunteering Capital Programme as the official corporate
Sligo was named European Volunteering Capital
2017 by the European Volunteer Centre, which promotes volunteering
across the European Union and is supported by the European Commission.
is a major achievement for Sligo, which faced competition from other
European cities. As European Volunteering Capital, Sligo will deliver a
year-long programme across Ireland aimed at highlighting the impact of
volunteering at local, national and European levels through a series of
high profile events, conferences and community engagement activities.
from Sligo County Council and Sligo Volunteer Centre, which led the
Sligo bid, were in attendance at the announcement of Abbott’s official
partnership with the European Volunteering Capital Programme.
Throughout 2017, Abbott will work closely with council officials and the
European Volunteer Centre on a range of initiatives to showcase the
positive impact of volunteering, include expanding volunteering
programmes and raising awareness of the importance of volunteering.
These efforts build on Abbott's strong culture of giving and community
work; through its Irish operations, Abbott’s employees have delivered
more than 11,000 volunteer hours in 2015-2016.
of Sligo, Cllr Marie Casserly added ,“We are delighted that Abbott has
joined us as the official corporate partner of European Volunteering
Capital Programme 2017. Abbott has consistently contributed positively
to a wide variety of voluntary initiatives and education programmes in
our local community, and across the country. We look forward to a
fruitful partnership as we seek to make the EVC 2017 programme a huge
success that will resonate positively for many years to come.”
at the launch event, Conor Murphy, site director, Abbott's diagnostics
facility in Sligo said, "At Abbott, we’re all about helping you live the
best life you can, and volunteering is an important part of this
commitment, especially in local communities where our employees live and
work. That's why we're so excited to partner with Europe’s Volunteering
Capital programme for 2017 here in Sligo and across Ireland. We look
forward to raising awareness of the importance of volunteering for us
all – and we encourage other companies, organizations and the general
public to get involved in local efforts."
Lorraine Carroll, site
director, Abbott's nutrition facility in Sligo, added, “We consistently
encourage and support employee volunteering, harnessing the specialized
expertise of Abbott employees through targeted programmes that meet
local community needs, from science education to heart health. Together,
we aim to share the time and skills of Abbott employees with the
community groups in most need of our expertise and support.”.
The first major event of the European Capital of Volunteering Programme will be the Spirit of Sligo concert on 27 January. See Link Below
Link: Sligo Today 24/12/2016