Pictured are (l-r): Travis Keogh, aged 13, St Laurence O'Toole's student; Mary McCluskey, PwC Corporate Responsibility; Jennifer Falegan, aged 13, St Laurence O'Toole's student and Kadie Curtis, St Laurence O'Toole's student, aged 12.
PwC hosted a fundraising event in association with youth development organisation, Localise, to raise funds for mental health service, The Oasis Centre. The Walk & Talk exercise event held in PwC’s Spencer Dock headquarters was a great success, with the enthusiastic help and support of the pupils from Seville Place school, St Laurence O'Toole's.
The Oasis Centre is a mental health service which specialises in bereavement, grief, addiction and suicide intervention. The generous donations received are testament to the students’ determination and hard work.
Speaking at the event, Feargal O'Rourke, Managing Partner, PwC, said:
"We are delighted to support Localise and the students in this important fundraising initiative and in doing so support the mental health services provided by The Oasis Centre in the local community.
“At PwC, we recognise the importance of fostering a culture which encourages open conversations on mental health and empowers our people to ask for support when needed.
“As always, working collaboratively on this project with the students in our local community was a positive experience for our people and for the students. The event sought to develop their communication, teamwork and project management skills, important attributes in business and in life."
Derek Cleary, Director of Services, Localise, added: “We can see how the students have benefited from the project, which gave them the experience of working with a business and using their project management skills.
“It is through working with local businesses such as PwC that communities can really grow and develop and this project showed the power of this collaboration.”
Localise and PwC
PwC, Localise and the students from St Laurence O'Toole's, Seville Place, Dublin 1 have worked together since 2008. As part of this year’s programme a team of 12 volunteers from PwC has been working together with 25 children from the local school since February 2018. Together with Localise representatives, they have worked on designing a ‘Caring for the Community’ project. The aim of the Localise project is to develop the children’s skills and talents and to help them understand the importance of teamwork and how to plan, manage and implement a project.
Localise, Youth and Community Development organisation, has over 35 years of experience in community action and active citizenship.
About Oasis Centre
The Oasis Centre provides a professional counselling and therapy service to individuals, couples and groups facing issues of a personal or professional nature. The Oasis Centre was established in 1996 to offer an “Oasis” to the North Inner City. The Oasis Centre incorporates Deora Counselling – a high intensity crisis intervention counselling service which specialises in bereavement, complicated grief, addiction and suicide intervention and the Oasis Mindfulness Clinic which facilitates mindfulness-based training and treatment approaches.
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