Corporate Social Responsibility

Working with People: Making Vital Moves

Working closely with people at all stages of their lives, as they dream of, buy and sell their homes has always meant that we have a clear insight into how much giving back matters. That’s why we take our role in the community seriously. Each year we develop and add to our projects to support, engage, and help out wherever we can.

 

How We Help

Programmes across all our businesses enable our colleagues to take time to support and make a difference with the charities of their choice. We commit to matching funds raised by our staff in support of their own initiatives.

As a nationwide network, we also support community-based projects by working with local clubs, charities and grassroots initiatives. From GAA clubs to mini rugby, soccer , hockey and tennis, to making sure Santa gets to visit at Christmas, and bringing a little extra sparkle to the darker months 

Meanwhile, we partner with organisations, charities, and initiatives around Ireland, to help where we can, as much as we can.

 

Supporting Children at Temple Street Hospital

In 2006 we embarked on a project for Temple Street Children’s Hospital that we have continued ever since. Recognising the need for accommodation in Dublin for families with children in hospital, we purchased and raised funds to buy and refurbish a house close to the hospital. This means we have been able to offer a home away from home to the many families from all over Ireland, during the difficult times when their children are being cared for in Temple Street. 

Also at Temple Street, our Annual Christmas Toy Appeal started in 2001 and is always a source of joy, as Sherry FitzGerald staff, family and friends donate toys and food vouchers to be distributed by the medical social workers at the hospital. At a time when gifts can be taken for granted, these toys mean so much to the children who really need them.

 

 

Walking for Breast Cancer Support

In 2021 we were honoured to become title sponsors of the 100K in 30 Days event, organised by Co Louth couple Cara McAdam and Niall Carroll and, raising €1.8 million for Breast Cancer Ireland. Inviting participants to walk, jog, run or wheel 100km (or more) during the month of June, we are delighted to continue our support for this valuable charity that impacts women’s health across Ireland. Our aim is to work together to increase participation around Ireland and the world, as communities come together to contribute towards new research and clinical trials, awareness, and outreach programmes, and support the vital work of cancer nurses.

Our CEO Steven McKenna summarised our approach  “We’re delighted to contribute in any way that we can to help grow the profile of the event and drive participation throughout the villages, towns and cities in which we operate all across Ireland. It is a privilege to be involved in any initiative that helps to advance a cure for breast cancer – a cause that touches the lives of so many including many of our own friends, family, colleagues and associates.” 

 

 

Empowering Through Education

At Sherry FitzGerald, we believe in the power of people to make change for the better, and we know that access to education is one of the strongest building blocks to help people realise their goals. Working with An Cosán, the Tallaght based educational support network, we are pleased to support a Scholarship Awards Programme in memory of Garret and Joan FitzGerald. The awards are instrumental in enabling students to overcome obstacles to education, and to enter third level education, no matter what barriers they may face.

 

Sowing the Seeds for Tomorrow’s World

Brand new on our roster of support, welcome to Bugs, Bees and Native Trees, the all-island climate action organisation that aims to address issues of the environment, biodiversity and climate change through tree planting and environmental community initiatives. With all of our 100+ offices taking part, we’re giving funds to each office to partner with a local school and donate to fund the planting of ten native trees or saplings on their grounds. An imaginative initiative, Bugs, Bees and Native Trees encourages children to get involved in thinking about the environment, and quite literally watching a more hopeful future grow.

 

 

Building a Better Future

Also launched in 2021, we’re proud to announce a partnership with the Construction Industry Federation, for the CIF Build the Future Schools Challenge. Inviting Transition Year students to come together as teams to design residential housing developments that can address sustainability, climate change and showcase innovation, we are incredibly impressed by the capacity of young people to imagine exciting solutions. Announcing the partnership, Sherry FitzGerald Chairman, Mark FitzGerald said: “Every generation in Ireland will benefit from your creativity and your ideas,” adding that “Getting the built environment right is the biggest challenge of the 21st century. You don’t just need accommodation, you need really interesting jobs and careers. This is your country, this is your society. We owe it to your generation to give you the opportunity to make a difference.”

The project brings together the Teachers Union of Ireland, TechnoTeachers Association Ireland, the Engineering Technology Teachers Association and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, with free design software from Autodesk and Diatec. The winning designs will be showcased at the Ireland Skills Live Event at the RDS. You might say it’s right up our street!