NEWS HIGHLIGHTS 
- Every year Intel Ireland selects signature charities and employees dedicate their efforts towards providing volunteer time and funds to the charity
- For 2011 two charities, Laura Lynn House and the Caring and Sharing Association, were selected in order to share the impact of the signature charity campaign
- The two charities were recently presented with a total of €60,000 as a result of the fundraising efforts


Every year Intel Ireland selects signature charities in order to give employees the opportunity to dedicate their efforts towards providing volunteer time and funds, raised through specially organised activities, to these chosen charities.

 

For 2011 two charities, Laura Lynn House and the Caring and Sharing Association, were selected and employees organised and supported a number of different fundraising events throughout the year in support of the two selected causes. The organisations also benefited from volunteer time from Intel employees who provided IT expertise, support, mentorship and facilitation during 2011.

 

A total of 12 different charity events were organised during the year giving employees the chance to take part in a diversity of different fun and challenging activities that each helped to build towards a remarkable overall result of a total of €60,000 being donated to the charitable organisations! With each organisation receiving €30,000 each this is a substantial contribution towards the fantastic work that each carries out in their specific field.

 

The events that were held throughout the year spanned a wide array of interests with many highlights such as the Intel Charity Cycle event which took place in September and challenged employees to complete routes of 40km, 80km or 160km. Each of the routes began at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip and took in various parts of Kildare and Meath depending on the length of the cycle with each of the routes culminating at the Hill of Tara. With more than 140 employees taking part a phenomenal amount of €20,000 was raised towards the overall total.

 

Some other events held throughout the year included:

• In November employees purchased special balloons which were then released as part of a mass event with a prize on offer for the balloon found to have travelled the furthest, Over 800 balloons were sold raising more than €4,000 and with the furthest travelled balloon being reported found along the Antrim Coast – 213km from Leixlip!
• Over 400 people helped to raise a further €4,000 towards the overall total by attending a special family puppet show held at the Intel Ireland campus.
• A number of challenge events also took place during the year with employees taking part in fun runs, hillwalks and for some of the seriously dedicated the Dublin City Marathon!


The monies raised were this week presented to the two charities by Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott at a special employee event held at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip.

 

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David Prendergast, Intel Ireland, Rebecca Sheridan from CASA, Gerry Clancy from Laura Lynn House and Barry Kennedy, Intel Ireland are pictured with Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott (centre of photo) at the presentation event

 

Further images from the event can be found here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/55550679@N03/sets/72157628444365535/

 

 

Further Information


About Intel
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices.

Additional information about Intel is available at:
Web - intel.ie  |   Twitter - @Intel_IRL   |   Facebook - Intel Ireland


About Laura Lynn House
Laura Lynn House was set up in 1925 and supports children with life limiting conditions and their families by providing high quality transitional care, home support, respite, crisis and end-of-life care. Their services are available to children with high medical and nursing needs from birth to 18. Laura Lynn’s vision is All children who need us, can access us. They care for the child and family through transitional care, respite, home support, crisis care and end of life care.
www.sunshinehome.ie/lauralynn-house.

 

About CASA
CASA (Caring & Sharing association) was set up in 1981 and was founded by a group of volunteers. Its central purpose was the development of friendships, through social events, for all its members. Today Local groups exist in Dublin, Bray, Cork, Longford , Galway and Maynooth with their Children’s & Teenage Groups in Swords in Dublin. The continued existence and success of this organisation is a tribute to the commitment of all its members and the support of families and people associated with CASA.
www.casa.ie.

 

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Intel Ireland employee Amir Davis recently picked up a prestigious Ireland Involved Award in the category of International Development. The awards, which are now in their 4th year, are part of a European-wide initiative to recognise the work of volunteers and at the event, which was hosted at Dublin Castle, 30 shortlisted submissions were considered in 10 different categories.

 

The awards themselves were hosted by RTE's Claire Byrne, and were presented by 2011 Rose of Tralee, Tara Talbot. President of Ireland Michael D Higgins also attended the event and addressed the audience on their magnificent achievements.


Amir, who was nominated by a colleague in Intel, was the winner of the International Development award for his pioneering work at a unique school in Kalaskey, a small Pakistan village. The Amir Public school – which was founded by Amir‘s parents – provides free education for local boys and girls, from 3 to 12 years old.


Although Amir lives in Ireland with his family, he is responsible for the schools‘ management, staffing, curriculum and fundraising. What he has achieved in the last three years is incredible. Each of the school’s 160 students is given free school uniforms, books and stationary, relieving families of a huge financial burden. Without these free facilities, the local children are likely to be taken into child labour to help provide for their families. Thanks to Amir’s fundraising, the school now employs 9 local people from the village, students get free regular medical check-ups, and new classrooms, bathrooms and furniture have been added to the school facilities.


Amir is also responsible for the curriculum of the school and consults with educational experts to keep building the academic standards of the school. He manages the staff, educational experts and volunteers and meets with them via Skype each week. Volunteers are trained to meet with parents to help them understand the impact that education has on their children’s future and to invite them to enrol.

 

Amir's passionate leadership and strong commitment to change hundreds of lives can been seen through what he has delivered so far. Amir is relentless in his pursuit of free education and spreading the message that education is key to building stronger futures for the children of Kalaskey.

 

For more information visit www.apspakistan.org.

 

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Amir is pictured with Intel's Lisa Harlow, Yvonne McKenna,
CEO of Volunteering Ireland and RTE's Claire Byrne

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President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina are
pictured with Amir at the Ireland Involved Awards

 

Further images from the event can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/55550679@N03/sets/72157628401188635/

 

 

Further Information

 

About Intel
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices.

 

Additional information about Intel is available at:

Web - intel.ie  |   Twitter - @Intel_IRL   |   Facebook - Intel Ireland

 


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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

- On Thursday December 1st and Friday December 2nd the Grand Final events of Intel Mini Scientist 2011 took place at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare

- This year almost 3,000 students from 8 counties across Ireland took part in the Intel Mini Scientist competition

- Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn visited the exhibition at Intel on December 2nd to present the prizes to the winning projects

 

For the past number of months, 4th, 5th and 6th class students from across Ireland have been getting hands on with science and showcasing their big ideas as they took part in the annual Intel Mini Scientist competition. The competition, which has been running since 2003, gives young students the chance to explore science through project based learning and exhibitions.


The first phase of the program involves students participating at local level exhibitions where Intel judges visit the participating schools, choosing two winning projects in each. The second phase saw each of these winning projects take part in the Mini Scientist Grand Final which was hosted on Thursday December 1st and Friday December 2nd at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare.


The 2011 initiative was the biggest year yet for the competition with almost 3,000 students from 8 counties across Ireland taking part. The Grand Final event brought together 300 of these students who displayed a total of 98 projects in the hope of picking up one of the 2 overall and 10 runner prizes being awarded.


At the Final event the participants exhibited their projects for a panel of judges, which was made up from Intel employees, who had the difficult task of choosing the winning projects from the very creative variety. Intel employees also had the chance to come along and view the work of the students whose projects each included visual displays, projects books and practical experiments based on a scientific area aligned with the national primary science curriculum.


Each of the days of the Grand Final were filled with innovative and imaginative projects, put together through months of hard work and the judges, after a very difficult task of deliberation,  compiled their list of winning projects for each day;


Thursday December 1st


Grand Final Overall Winner
• Hair Today, Heat Tomorrow – Kilmurry National School, Co. Clare


Runner-up Awards
• Natural Dye – St. Patrick’s National School, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow
• Solar Heater – St. Laurence’s National School, Sallins, Co. Kildare
• Hydrogen from a Solar Panel – Castleknock Educate Together, Dublin 15 
• Powerful Paper Towels – Scoil Naomh Bríd, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
• Is your Water Really Clean? – Caragh National School, Naas, Co. Kildare


Friday December 2nd


Grand Final Overall Winner
• Water Testing – Scoil Eoin Phoil, Leixlip, Co. Kildare


Runner-up Awards
• Building Bridges – Rahan National School, Mallow, Co. Cork
• Oil Spills - St. Pius X Girls National School, Terenure, Dublin 6
• Organic Fertilizer – St. Anne’s National School, Ardclough, Co. Kildare 
• Be Green - St. Pius X Girls National School, Terenure, Dublin 6

• Which Side of the Brain Do You Use? – Scoil Naisiunta Oilibheir, Dublin 15


Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn visited the exhibition at Intel on December 2nd and had the opportunity to hear from some of the budding young scientists and to award the prizes to the students. Minister Quinn commended the standard of work presented by the students and reminded them of the importance of exploration and investigative learning in solving big problems and creating opportunities for the future


Sarah Sexton, coordinator of the Intel Mini Scientist program, was delighted with the success of this year’s competition, "This year it was fantastic to once again see a growth in the number of students participating in the program and at the same time we continue to see an ever higher standard of projects amongst the participants – the competition is a great way to get children excited about science and to give them the opportunity to build key 21st century sills such as critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork”.


For more information about the grand final event or the Mini Scientist program visit www.miniscientist.ie.

 

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Further images from the event can be found here:

 

Day 1 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/55550679@N03/sets/72157628239203561/

Day 2 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/55550679@N03/sets/72157628247460797/

 


Further Information

 

About Intel
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices.

 

Additional information about Intel is available at:

Web - intel.ie  |   Twitter - @Intel_IRL   |   Facebook - Intel Ireland

 

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