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International Day of Charity and Helping for your tomorrow

By Sarah Lyons, Senior Manager at Hays Talent Solutions

A famous woman once said: “We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” That famous woman was none other than Mother Teresa of Calcutta – arguably, one the world’s most charitable and selfless people. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work aiding those facing poverty and extreme distress, and the International Day of Charity (5th September) marks the incredible work she carried out during her life.

How was it established?

International Day of Charity was officially declared by the United Nations General Assembly for the first time in 2012. It was established with the goal of mobilising not-for-profit organisations, stakeholders and people who are passionate about helping others to be able to better assist those in need through volunteering and raising awareness with the backing of a global movement.

The day itself aims to uplift those who are taking action against poverty and humanitarian crises and to build awareness of the suffering that, unfortunately, many communities and individuals face across the globe. According to the United Nations, “Charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises, supplement public services in health care, education, housing and child protection. It assists the advancement of culture, science, sports, and the protection of cultural and natural heritage. It also promotes the rights of the marginalised and underprivileged and spreads the message of humanity in conflict situations.”

The Irish Cancer Society

We’re proud to have chosen The Irish Cancer Society as our charity partner. This charity is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through life changing cancer research. It also provides free care and support for cancer patients and their loved ones across Ireland to improve the lives of those who are living with cancer.

Throughout the year, we run various fundraising events including monthly fundraising initiatives such as the Charity Wheel of Fortune fundraiser which happens during payday week. We also send out our staff to take part in the annual Daffodil Day collection in various locations across Ireland run by The Irish Cancer Society to raise much needed funds for the incredible work this charity does.

What action can we take?

Here at Hays, we take our commitment to helping others very seriously. Each year we embark on a huge array of fundraising and volunteering activities. Part of our ethos is to support causes within local communities, using our recruitment expertise to help improve skills and employability; we offer support from a commercial perspective, ensuring ethical and responsible business practices; and we look after our environment, working to safeguard our planet and fight against climate change. We’ve branded a huge pillar of our global efforts as Helping for your tomorrow – where we focus on employment inequity and take steps to combat it.

The Helping for your tomorrow programme was established to focus and align all our global charitable activities and good works so we can better support the communities and groups we work with on a daily basis to help create a more sustainable world of work not only for individuals, but for our planet, too. As part of our Helping for your tomorrow global framework, we encourage every Hays employee to take paid volunteering time annually to support causes aligned with our global purpose of creating opportunities and improving lives. We feel that leading by example is an excellent way to take steps towards positive change. As the world-leading specialist in recruitment and workforce solutions, we feel it’s our duty to enact change for the better and with our devoted support to fundraising and our charity partnerships, we’re doing our best to make a difference and will continue to do so.

To support The Irish Cancer Society, you can donate here.

About this author

Sarah is a Senior Manager with Hays Enterprise Solutions. She joined Hays Ireland in 2015 and along with managing a team of 15 specialist recruiters within the Technology and Banking sectors, she is passionate about charity and is heavily involved with the Hays Ireland charity committee, which organises events and initiatives to raise money for the organisations charity partners.

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