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Galway Tech Giants raise €88K for people facing homelessness

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Charity Partnership raises €88K for Galway Simon
Photo by Murtograhy: Back Row: Enda Flatley, Ronan Kilgannon, Sharon Gurry, Annie Hennelly, Aisling O’Malley, Teresa Kelly, Aidan Whelan, and Mark Gantly. Front Row: Nora Colombani, Louise Gallagher, Karen Golden, Deirdre Treacy, Paddy Medley and Amanda Cusack.

Galway based tech giants Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), DXC Technology & Microfocus, along with facilities partner ISS, came together to present €88,336.17 to their charity partner of 2019, Galway Simon Community.

Together the companies set out to raise €60,000 through their charity partnership, but they surpassed this target after their biggest fundraiser of the year, Tech’s Got Talent, which took place in November 2019. Throughout the year, they also held many other fundraisers, including a Solstice Sleepout and a Golf Tournament, as well as participating in numerous volunteering projects with Galway Simon Community.

A portion of the funds raised will go towards the ‘Journey Home’ fund which helps to rebuild the lives of individuals and families who have experienced homelessness. This will see the money being used to fit out 12 properties in Galway to turn them into homes for approximately 30 individuals and children in Galway who would otherwise be facing homelessness. As an Approved Housing Body, the charity can access funding to purchase these new homes. However, they need urgent support for the fit out costs to enable them to turn these houses into homes. The remainder of the funds raised by the tech giants will go towards providing essential homelessness prevention services in Galway.

Louise Gallagher of HPE, Chairperson of the Charity Partnership Committee, speaking about the achievement said “when we started our fundraising program over a year ago, we didn’t think we would be presenting a cheque for €88k to Galway Simon. Homelessness is such a prominent issue nationwide, and we are so proud to be able to make a difference in our local community”.
Karen Golden, CEO of Galway Simon Community said the charity partnership will have a lasting impact for many individuals and children in Galway.

“We are absolutely delighted with the phenomenal outcome of our partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), DXC Technology, Microfocus and ISS. They have shown amazing support over this past year for Galway Simon Community and the people we support. Through the funds they have raised, and also through the many different volunteering projects they participated in, they will have a lasting impact in the lives of those who turn to Galway Simon for help. We would like to thank HPE, DXC Technology, Microfocus and ISS for their continued support, and a special thanks to the Charity Partnership Committee for their dedication throughout the year”, Karen said.

Monday 2nd March 2020