Coca-Cola HBC employees raise more than €34k for charity partners

72,000 drinks also donated to families in need through Food for Simon in 2017



22 December 2017

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Christmas may be the time for giving, but the employees at Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland have been giving back all year round, raising vital funds for its charity partners, MacMillan Cancer Support and the Simon Community.

In the second year of partnership with both charities, employees based across Lisburn, Dublin, Cork, Tipperary and Tuam contributed to the success of the fundraising efforts, which were then matched by the business. In total, €72,600/£65,300 has been donated to the charities over the last two years, with £30,000/€34,000 raised in 2017 alone.

Both charities remain close to the heart of the business, having been selected by employees. With more than 8,000 people currently experiencing homelessness in Ireland, there was unwavering support from Coca-Cola HBC employees for the partnership with Simon Community; an organisation that works with people across the country who are at risk or experiencing homelessness.

Similarly, MacMillan Cancer Support is a service close to many communities across Northern Ireland for the work they do in providing practical, emotional and financial support to families affected by cancer.

Championed by the employee-led ‘Our Charity Committee’, activities that contributed to the fundraising successes during the year included ‘Pedal Power’, a cycle challenge held in May that saw a team of 28 employees undertake a 100 mile journey from the Lisburn plant to the offices in Ballycoolin, Dublin 11. The annual football tournament ‘Where Pride Meets Passion’ also experienced fantastic support, with more than 160 employees taking to the pitch in Sportslink Santry during the summer to battle it out for the coveted trophy.

Other activities during the year included Halloween bake sale, ‘A whole lotta dough’; a bucket collection in Belfast on Black Friday and donations during the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour for employees.

A further strand in Coca-Cola HBC’s philanthropy throughout the year is the ‘in-kind’ support it gives to Food for Simon across Ireland and Northern Ireland. An estimated 72,000 bottles of water, juice and soft drinks were donated to families in need in 2017.



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