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Eversheds 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Activities

2016 CSR Activities

Charity

Give-a-little this Christmas campaign

For the month of December 2016, Eversheds Sutherland in Ireland chose to support three charities; St. Vincent de Paul, Inner City Helping Homeless and Alone. We support St. Vincent de Paul by participating in their Giving Tree campaign, whereby SVP provide us with tags for the giving tree and staff were encouraged to take a tag and purchase a gift for the apporpriate age/gender as specified on the tag. We supported the Inner City Helping Homeless by teaming up with them for their annual Christmas shoebox appeal. Finally, for ALONE we organised a bring and buy sale, our annual bake off competition and we held our annual ALONE raffle.
For the month of December 2016, The Firm chose to support three charities; St. Vincent de Paul (SVP), Inner City Helping Homeless and ALONE. We support SVP by participating in their Giving Tree campaign, whereby SVP provide us with tags for the giving tree and staff were encouraged to take a tag and purchase a gift for the apporpriate age/gender as specified on the tag. We supported the Inner City Helping Homeless by teaming up with them for their annual Christmas shoebox appeal. For ALONE we organised a bring and buy sale, our annual bake off competition and we held our annual ALONE raffle.

Barretstown

Around 30 teams from leading Irish companies including DNG, GSK, Lidl, Grant Thornton and AIB joined law firm Eversheds in Dublin’s Herbert Park, Thursday 9 June for the 6th Eversheds School Sports Day for Barretstown corporate fundraising event, with all proceeds going to the Barretstown children’s charity. Ireland rugby legend Gordon D’Arcy was on hand to supervise the egg and spoon race, sack race, space hoppers and wooden skis, with a few more challenging events mixed in this year by former Olympic runner Dave Matthews in the search for Ireland’s fittest company – individual sprints and relays, burpees and bunny hops were the order of the day for the intrepid participants.  The winners from among a very competitive field were Davy, who were delighted to receive the perpetual trophy.

Eversheds supported the Barretstown golf outing which took place in the KClub on the 21st June by taking two four balls and sponsoring the longest drive. It was a great day, and the rain managed to hold off. A team from LR Suntory won the morning competition, and the team from Mac Interiors won the afternoon.

Barretstown will be coming into the firm in September to give a talk to outline to staff on how all can become involved with Barretstown either volunteering or fundraising.

Grant Thornton Corporate 5km Challenge

This year, we were delighted to have over 30 staff members participating in the GT Corporate 5km Challenge on Tuesday 13th September. The event was a great success with over 5,000 runners taking part. All funds raised went to the Alzheimers Sociey of Ireland.

Battle of the bikes

Eversheds participated in the WK Nowlan Real Estate Advisors ‘Battle of the bikes’ event in May. The event consisted of 20 teams. The event was a great success, raising over €20,000 for CMRF Crumlin, Our team picture above, comprised John Coary, Ian Devlin, Cian McGinley and Ray Russell finished as runners up, coming second only to KPMG.

National Maternity Hospital Foundation

We were delighted to host a table and to support the National Maternity Hospital – Bloomsday Ball on Friday 17 June 2016. Congratulations to Elaine Fox for all her fabulous work for the NMH Foundation.

Wings for Life World Run

This year we participated in the Wings for Life World Run on the 8th May. Our colleagues from our Polish and Lithuanian offices also joined in for the run.

Pro Bono

Eversheds are on the panel of the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA). PILA run a professional pro bono referral scheme, supported by lawyers, organisations, universities and students to help marginalised and disadvantaged people.

Eversheds are also on the panel of the Bar Council's Voluntary Assistance Scheme (VAS) providing services to Charities, NGO's and civic society groups such as MABS and Citizens Information Bureau.

Most recently, continue to develop the elderly/vulnerable persons “living independently” project with PILA. This is a cross-firm initiative currently being driven and led by Eoin MacAodha and Alison Murray. The PALU Group are working with PILA in relation to advices to the various NGO’s and interested bodies in relation to the support that can be provided to elderly people wishing to live at home, with the benefit of care as required.

Wellbeing

Meditation and mindfulness

This year, the Firm embraced National Wellness at Work day with a full day of health and wellness activities. On the morning of National Wellness at Work Day, we offered staff a healthy breakfast. Following this Ray McKiernan spoke with staff on the importance of resilience. Ireland's most successful athlete Sonia O'Sullivan then joined staff for a lunch time session to talk about setting and achieving goals and managing performance. Throughout the day, we also offered staff the opportunity to get a health check with webdoctor.ie.

This year, staff participated in a six week mindfulness course with Ellen Shilling and the could also avail of subsidised Pilates classes.