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Updated: 21/01/17 : 06:28:08

Abbott partners Sligo as European Volunteering Capital '17

Pictured at the announcement were (l-r):  Mayor of Sligo, Marie Casserly); Conor Murphy, Site Director, Abbott Diagnostics Sligo; Lorraine Carroll, Site Director, Abbott Nutrition; Ciaran Hayes, CEO, Sligo County Council; Ciara Herrity, Manager, Sligo Volunteer Centre and Maria Gallo
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 partner 2017.

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.

This 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.

Representatives 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.

Mayor 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.”

Speaking 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