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“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.
Team Openwave Do It Again - October 2016
Well done to Matt, Fergus, Liam, Brian, Dean, Declan, Keith, Clive, Eugene, Colin, Aidan and Julie on completing our 65km Charity Cycle for Kinship Care NI! Kinship Care NI support children who cannot be cared for by their own parents to live safely and securely within their own communities in Northern Ireland.
On a cold dry day the team set off from Charles House through the streets of Belfast to the Comber Greenway and on to Whiterocks where they rested and refuelled at their usual spot, Daft Eddies. After fine dining on coffee, cake and energy gels - and a short discussion on the precise definition of a hill - it was time to talk the legs into round two! The group continued up and up and up the winding roads to Killinchy and Ballygowan in County Down before making their way back to Belfast.
Once back in Belfast they regrouped for dinner and reminisced on the tall stories Fergus and Declan had told Julie … something to the effect of "…there are no hills, you'll be grand". A few drinks later the pain was forgotten as the team celebrated another successful Openwave Charity Cycle.
"A special thank you to our charity riders....I am very impressed – you guys are a shining example to us all! Not least because I know that some of you have done this charity ride now for the past 4 years." John Giere, CEO
We would like to thank everyone for their support and sponsorship.
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
In 2015 the Openwave Mobility charity cycle ride supported 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 18 riders started the 40 mile ride in Belfast and headed to the café some 20 miles away on the shores of Strangford Lough, arriving in good time to take a well-earned break. The 4 mile climb out of Strangford Lough was tough but all stuck at it and made it thanks to the encouragement of a few of the experienced cyclists.
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 as well as Norman’s niece Therese who came along with her parents and grandparents.
A terrific day of fun and fund raising for a very worthy course!
Dirty Hands – Summer 2015
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 by spending a working day helping their community.
Volunteers for the day were Dave Johnston, Ian Frazer, Richard McLaughlin, Joe Sweeney, Christine McCann and Orla Kee.
Our team spent the day clearing rubbish from the beautiful Colin Glen Forest Park in West Belfast, leaving it looking 100 times better!
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 to participate in a special event: "Adopt a Bike Trail".
The team went to Pearson Arastradero Preserve bike trail at Palo Alto, California to collect trash from the bike trail. Rahul and Rajeev were the two winners of the event as they followed our company values of "collaboration and innovation" and collected the most trash! Winding down from the event the team enjoyed a few happy hour specials with John Giere at the Stanford Mall.
"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.
The Openwave Mobility team took part in a gruelling 5 hour charity bike ride, raising £3,300 for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.
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?