Saint-Gobain has recently marked its new charity partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and the Irish Cancer Society. The world leader in the habitat and construction markets held a Charity Partnership Celebration Week to officially launch the fundraising collaboration.
Saint-Gobain employees in the UK and Ireland came together to take part in the Celebration Week from 10–14 March after they successfully swapped their uniforms for collection tins last week, fundraising for their new charity partners, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Irish Cancer Society.
A whole host of fundraising activities were held at Saint-Gobain’s sites around the UK and Ireland to help support people affected by cancer. Auctions, bake sales, raffles, competitions, fancy dress days and much more took place throughout the week in a bid to raise as much money for the charities as possible.
Saint-Gobain Building Distribution businesses in the UK and Ireland developed the ‘together’ partnership in 2002. Since then, it has worked with a number of charities including The British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research and Barnardos, raising £2.3 million.
Richard Halderthay, Director of Communications for the UK, Ireland & South Africa, said: “This is exactly why the ‘together’ programme was established – to bring people together for a good cause. The Celebration Week has been a great opportunity to work together in a fun and exciting way in order to raise money for our charities – so much so that we are still counting up the money raised during the week! We’re excited to continue our work with Macmillan Cancer Support and the Irish Cancer Society to bring awareness to our suppliers, customers and staff about the vital work they do.”
Emily Shelford, Partnership Management Leader at Macmillan Cancer Support said: “I’d like to thank all the employees, suppliers and customers at Saint-Gobain for their amazing support. As one in three of us will get cancer in our lifetime, the need for our nurses has never been greater. The Macmillan team want to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone, and without the help of our corporate partners and supporters who donate, we simply couldn’t do this.”
Emma Barrett, Corporate Partnership Manager from the Irish Cancer Society added: “We are so grateful for the support from Saint-Gobain and their amazing network of employees, suppliers and customers that are coming together to support those affected by cancer in the UK and Ireland. The Irish Cancer Society are working towards a future without cancer and we won’t give up until cancer does. We can only achieve our mission with continued support from organisations like Saint-Gobain.”
Macmillan nurses offer much-needed advice, information and support to people with cancer. The Irish Cancer Society; fund research; advocate for cancer patients; and provide information, support and care for those with, and affected by, cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support, The Irish Cancer Society and Saint-Gobain are working together over the next two years following an employee vote for their chosen charity partner.
For more information on Saint-Gobain’s ‘together’ programme, please visit http://www.saint-gobain.co.uk/about-us/together-charity-programme.aspx
View the pictures from our employees’ activity during the Celebration Week on our Facebook page here www.facebook.com/SaintGobainUKandIreland
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