The holidays are about giving - not just to our families, but to others less fortunate than us. In the spirit of the holidays, this month we will feature a three-part series (see part 1 here, part 2 here) highlighting just some of the wonderful philanthropic initiatives spearheaded by local Symantec offices. Thank you to everyone across the Symantec global community that is volunteering, donating and contributing this holiday season…and everyday! Today with hear from David Marra, Renewals Representative and member of Symantec Ireland's community outreach team.
Symantec Ireland takes great pride in the impressive effort its passionate team members put forth in giving back to their local communities across the country. By taking the time to help those less fortunate, Symantec Ireland is helping to ensure a happy holiday season for all:
Christmas Food Appeal
The community outreach team on our Dublin campus held their Christmas Food Appeal from November 26th to December 7th to help families in need. At our Shannon site, the same initiative ran from December 3rd-14th. All food collected was donated to Saint Vincent de Paul in the Dublin and Shannon areas for distribution to local communities.
National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA)
According to a recent national survey, one in four (approximately half a million), Irish adults have problems reading and writing. This compares with 3 percent in Sweden and 5 percent in Germany. NALA provides vital support for adult literacy in Ireland, helping adults overcome barriers to literacy through education/training programs, research, lobbying efforts and public awareness campaigns. On December 5th the Irish community outreach team hosted a representative from NALA who discussed the challenge of adult literacy in Ireland, showcased their organization and provided information on how Symantec employees could contribute to NALA through various volunteering opportunities.
Sahara Marathon and Supporting the Sahrawi People
The Sahara Marathon Dublin team held a Tapas Sale on December 6th to raise funds for this annual international sport event. The purpose of Sahara Marathon is twofold: to finance developing humanitarian programs and through sport, to raise global awareness of this 37-year-long conflict. This year celebrates the twelfth annual Sahara Marathon. We couldn’t have been happier to join volunteers across the globe supporting this great race and demonstrating solidarity with the Sahrawi people.
Junior Achievement Ireland
"Almost 20 percent of young people in Ireland leave school with no qualifications. Many others fail to realize their potential because they don't see a future for themselves in the working world. With the support of more than 150 leading organizations, Junior Achievement Ireland brings business into the classroom in 600 primary and secondary schools nationwide." - Junior Achievement Ireland
Symantec Ireland’s community outreach team is organizing a recruitment drive for Junior Achievement early in the New Year. Junior Achievement does fantastic work on an international scale, helping to keep youngsters in school and promoting science, technology, engineering, and math skills. Symantec Ireland has a strong tradition of volunteering with Junior Achievement and the community outreach team hopes to build on what is already their best year yet in terms of volunteer numbers.
Symantec Ireland has been a very busy place this holiday season and we thank everyone one of you who has helped support this. Nollaig Shona Duit to Symantec Ireland and everyone across the Symantec global community!
David Marra is a renewals specialist for Symantec's EMEA Southern Region. He is also an active member of the Irish community outreach team.