Vodafone volunteering stories
Our employees understand the importance of giving back. Here are a few of their stories, and how our employee matched funding programme helped double their fundraising efforts.
Stephanie Butler: Habitat for Humanity
Since 2005, Habitat for Humanity Ireland has developed partnerships to build and refurbish properties in Dublin, providing affordable housing to families.
Having heard from a colleague about the incredible work that the charity does, in July 2011, Stephanie volunteered to go and help work on the renovation programme at two houses in Emmett Road, Inchicore.
“It was a fantastic experience, great fun and most importantly, rewarding” she said.
“We painted an entire house in one day! We held table quizzes, cake sales and flea markets to help raise funds for Emmett Road, all of which raised over €2,000. And to make it even better, the Vodafone Foundation supported us and matched our fundraising efforts!”
Sarah Pritchard: Concern Worldwide
In November 2011, Sarah Pritchard took part in Concern's annual fast, in order to help raise some much needed money for the world's poorest people.
“I have always really respected the work that Concern Worldwide do to try to alleviate the suffering of the words poorest people through sustainable initiatives” she explains.
Sarah was delighted with the support she received from colleagues and friends and ended up collecting €300 in sponsorship from them.
“The fact that I knew Vodafone was going to match my fundraising really helped me raise more money as it basically doubled everyone’s donation. I’m definitely going to do more knowing that the foundation will support me and double my efforts and it’s certainly worth being hungry for a day knowing I was raising €600!”
Graham Kinch: Fields of Life
On March 23rd 2009, Graham Kinch and Ian Taylor opened the Mount Everest Primary School in Kitandwe, Uganda. Graham climbed Mount Everest in the spring of 2008 to raise money for the Kitandwe School Project, in partnership with Fields of Life charity. This came at the end of a three-year project in which Graham climbed Mont Blanc, Kilimanjaro, Cerro Aconcagua and finally Everest.
"When we were in Kitandwe, Ian and I had the great pleasure of meeting our sponsored children," Graham said. "It's really encouraging to see them so excited and passionate about their education, and we feel the name of the school captures their enthusiastic aspirations perfectly."
Vodafone Ireland Foundation contributed €10,000 to the Kitandwe School Project.
"This went a long way to helping us achieve our fundraising target and ensuring the school was built," Graham said.
Laura Turkington: Haven
Haven is a charitable organisation dedicated to building homes and communities in Haiti. A large part of the activity focuses around bringing large groups of volunteers to Haiti for intensive Build It Weeks.
Laura Turkington participated as a volunteer on the Haven Build it Week to Ouanaminthe in 2009. She says of the trip, “It’s difficult to explain but until you’re there; until you actually see and feel the community and speak to the people, you don’t actually realize just how much your small effort can mean to the lives of the people in Haiti.” Laura organised a ladies lunch which raised over €8,000. Vodafone Ireland supported Laura’s fundraising efforts by donating an additional €10,000 which was used to sponsor the build of a playground in Ouanaminthe.