Our work in
the community

“I am excited and delighted to see my colleagues working hard to support people in their local area” said John Giere, CEO, “community and company values are a vital part of who we are”.

Openwave Mobility is proud to play a part in our local communities and as such we take seriously our responsibility to give something back. Here are some examples of recent projects our staff have been responsible for.

Giving the Gift of Education - Summer 2016

There are many primary schools in the rural areas around our office in Pune India.  Many lack basic necessities including teachers, classrooms, books, and even clean drinking water, but they definitely do not lack enthusiastic children!  Openwave Mobility Pune office teamed up with the not-for-profit “EducationLinked” program to raise cash and donate an eLearning kit and a library of 5500 books to the Zilla Parishad Primary School in Shindewadi village near Pune.

Over a cup of tea, our office team also promised to contribute funds for replacing the filters in the water purification system.  And we will give our time - spending a few Saturday mornings with the children, teaching them basic English conversation and Math. The first group will volunteer their time in August.

It was an amazing experience to be able to give back to the community in this small way. The smiles on the children's faces was reward in itself and said it all!

Cycling for Our Community - Children's Liver Disease Foundation - 2015

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Aidan McGurn, Chris ‘Lightning’ Brown, Colin Woods, Dave Johnston, Edel Walsh, Sean Coughlan, Steve Wright, Fergus Wills, Brian ‘Walsh, Matt Halligan, Declan Harrison, Dean Bradley, Tim McCallan, Eugene Monaghan, Liam McCollum, Eoin McQuillan

Belfast: The Openwave Mobility annual charity cycle took place on Saturday 12 September 2015.  The charity supported this year was the Children's Liver Disease Foundation, our colleague Norman Heaney’s 7 year old niece Therese has received a lot of support from CLDF.

The 40 mile ride started in Belfast and included the usual of mix of abilities within the bunch of 18 riders: hardened cyclists, weekend warriors and a few novices raring to go. Everyone stayed together which meant the banter was good as the riders headed to the café bar some 20 miles away on the shores of Strangford Lough in County Down.  All arrived at the café in good time and everyone got stuck into the cakes, pasties, tea and coffee and took a well-earned break.

The start home was the more difficult part of the journey, the 4 mile climb out of Strangford Lough was tough.  Some struggled but all stuck at it and made it thanks to the encouragement of a few of the experienced cyclists.

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Everyone arrived back in Belfast just in time to enjoy the annual company family fun day and BBQ along with family, friends and work colleagues.  A special mention goes to Norman’s niece Therese who came along with her parents and grandparents.

It was a terrific day of fun and fund raising for a very worthy course - everyone is looking forward to next year’s event!

Dirty Hands – Summer 2015

Belfast: Business in the Community Northern Ireland launched Give and Gain Day 2015.  As a company we are delighted to support this initiative aimed at urging employers in Northern Ireland to give their staff time to volunteer for great causes by spending a working day helping their community.

Our destination was the beautiful Colin Glen Forest Park in West Belfast and the first half of the day was spent walking through the scenic surroundings, clearing rubbish as they went.  After lunch the team cleared up the garden at the centre, leaving it looking 100 times better!

parkcleanupVolunteers for the day were Dave Johnston, Ian Frazer, Richard McLaughlin, Joe Sweeney, Christine McCann and Orla Kee.

As we often find at Openwave Mobility, it is truly amazing what you can do with a small but mighty team!  It was fantastic fun, well worth doing and a day well spent!

Our Redwood City Office Adopts a Bike Trail – Summer 2014

Openwave Mobility's Redwood City employees got together on an August afternoon to participate in a special event: "Adopt a Bike Trail".

The team went to Pearson Arastradero Preserve bike trail at Palo Alto, California. The goal was to collect trash from the bike trail.  Surrounded by tall green trees and cheered-on by passing bike riders, the team enjoyed getting back to nature and having some fun at the same time.

Rahul and Rajeev were the two winners of the event as they followed our company values of "collaboration and innovation" and colllected the most trash!  Winding down from the event the team enjoyed a few happy hour specials with John Giere at the Stanford Mall.  Everyone shared their experiences and stories - a pleasant end to an unusual afternoon!

"Our company will continue our tradition of contributing to the local community in a meaningful way," Indranil Chatterjee VP of Products and Marketing said while taking part in the Adopt a Trail event.

Cycling for Our Community - Cancer Fund for Children: 2014

"This 100k annual bike ride was not an easy one.  The guys had been training hard and with some new additions to an already strong team," Matt Halligan, Chief Technology Officer.

Belfast: A 15 member strong Openwave Mobility team took part in a gruelling 5 hour charity bike ride to raise funds for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.  The team event was successful in raising a fantastic £3300 for the local charity.

The riders on the team were: Matt Halligan, Declan Harrison, Fergus Wills, Michael Rodgers, Brian Walsh, Chris Brown, Steve Wright, Clive Weir, Liam McCollum, Seamus Garland, Eugene Monaghan, Dean Bradley, Declan McGill, Tim McCallan, Keith Weir and Mahendra Mande.

The cycling event got off to a flying start despite a few missed turns and Seamus Garland almost losing his bike from a car coming up the motorway!  At the end of the day the weary bikers enjoyed a party with their families and colleagues, where Guinness seemed to be the choice of energy replacement drink!

 

Every week in Northern Ireland, another three children, teenagers or young adults, aged between 0-24 years old, are diagnosed with cancer.  Cancer Fund for Children understands the devastating impact cancer diagnosis and treatment can have on the whole family and that beyond the essential clinical care there is a family life that needs to be rebuilt.

We’re always looking for more opportunities to get involved in our communities – what’s happening near YOU?