Northern Ireland broker AbbeyAutoline has raised over £4,000 for a local charity through its recently concluded ‘50k in May’ challenge, a company-wide initiative that saw more than 120 staff members collectively walk, run, bike, or hike 50 kilometres each during May.
Throughout the month, staff from AbbeyAutoline’s 15-branch network covered a total distance of 6,000 kilometres with the goal of raising funds for AWARE NI, which provides mental health services to those affected by depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
The challenge was organised as part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebrations, building on its commitment to give back to the communities that have supported its growth in the past five decades.
“Our ‘50k in May’ challenge has proven to be a tremendous success, surpassing all expectations,” said AbbeyAutoline managing director Julie Gibbons. “Not only did we raise over £4,000 for AWARE NI, but we also witnessed the remarkable collective effort of over 120 staff members, who covered an astonishing 6,000km throughout May. The funds we raised will help AWARE NI continue their invaluable work, and we remain committed to supporting AWARE NI in their mission to make a positive difference in the lives of those in need.”
AWARE NI provides vital support and education for those grappling with mental health issues. The charity operates a network of peer-led support groups led by trained volunteers and delivers mental health and well-being programs to schools, universities, and workplaces.
“A massive congratulations to AbbeyAutoline for their incredible achievement in raising over £4,000 through the ‘50k in May’ challenge,” said Lisa Abell-Farrelly, corporate partnership officer at AWARE NI. “Their dedication and support make a significant impact on the lives of individuals affected by mental health challenges. We are grateful for their support and commitment to our mission of promoting mental well-being in Northern Ireland. Together, we can continue to make a positive difference in our communities.”
Following the success of the ‘50k in May’ challenge, AbbeyAutoline will continue its community-focused initiatives with the ‘50 Ways of Giving Back’ campaign, which aims to support 50 local charities and voluntary organisations. This includes activities such as volunteering at food banks, rejuvenating local community gardens, and cleaning up green spaces and beauty spots.
Furthermore, AbbeyAutoline has dedicated 50 hours of volunteer support to its longstanding charity partner, NI Hospice.
“We will now focus our attention on rolling out our ‘50 Ways of Giving Back’ campaign and reaching and surpassing our target of 50 hours of volunteer support to the NI Hospice, helping make a tangible difference to the communities that have supported us throughout our journey,” said Gibbons. “I couldn't be prouder of our staff for making such a positive impact during our 50th year in business.”
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