GSK launches 2017 Impact Awards
GSK has launched its third annual GSK Ireland Impact Awards, designed to recognise and reward community-based charities who contribute to the improvement of local health and wellbeing in Ireland.
22 March 2017
GSK has launched its 2017 Impact Awards, with a view to honouring the “thousands of ‘unsung healthcare heroes’ all over Ireland; charities at the heart of Irish communities who are making a huge difference on the ground who deserve to be recognised.”
The third annual GSK Ireland Impact awards represent an expansion of the global healthcare company’s Impact awards programme, which has been running in the UK and USA since the 1990s.
At the Ireland arm of the event, up to five winning charities will each receive €10,000 in unrestricted funding through the awards, while a further five runners-up will receive €2,000 each.
In addition to the prize money, winning charities also receive a specially commissioned video and photography package to help promote their work. The awards are designed to evaluate how the charities operate, as well as what they do, examining areas such as management, innovation and partnership as judging criteria.
“Irish healthcare charities are on the ground tackling some of society’s most difficult health challenges,” says Claire Taaffe, communications director for GSK. “We want to champion these charities, many of whom are at the heart of Irish community health and wellbeing, and support them in continuing their great work.
“Previous Impact winners show that it is possible to run a small charity well while making a huge impact in communities,” Taafe adds. “Last year, we found 10 truly inspirational charities and we are so proud to have helped them continue and expand their support. We are on the hunt for this year’s winners and hope that small healthcare charities around the country will enter and apply.”
The GSK Ireland Impact Awards 2017 will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel of professionals which includes Maurice Pratt, Chair of Barretstown, former Tánaiste and Minister for Health Mary Harney, and Deirdre Garvey, CEO of the Wheel.
Last year’s winning charities of the GSK Ireland Impact Awards were Nurture, Sensational Kids, Anam Cara, Dyslexia Association of Ireland and the Traveller Counselling Service, while the runners-up were Amen Support Services, Cork Mental Health Foundation, Smashing Times Theatre Company, HIV Ireland and Move4Parkinson’s.