OUR WORK IN THE COMMUNITY

“I am excited to see my colleagues working hard to support people in their local area. Community and company values are a vital part of who we are”

Jan Häglund, CEO

Enea Openwave 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.

CHARITY EVENT 2022

Tackling Homelessness: Enea raise £5,000+ for the Welcome Organisation

Northern Ireland is facing a homelessness crisis. In the past three years the number of households in temporary accommodation has increased by 74%, from 2,065 to more than 3,500. As a company with roots in Belfast, we wanted to play our part and support some of the fantastic work that charity foundations like the Welcome Organisation are doing to end homelessness and shelter those in need.

The Welcome Organisation help people affected by homelessness through a range of free services, including drop-in centers, mobile health units, street outreach, crisis accommodation for women, floating support services, and the Welcome Home Project. All these services are designed to help people who have found themselves homeless through complex issues often outside of their control.

The organization, made up of excellent staff, takes a non-judgmental approach to address homelessness, welcoming people wherever they are in life, instead of where others think they should be. They offer “on the ground” support for people who are sleeping rough as well as those affected by “hidden homelessness” who frequently run out of places to find shelter.

This year, as part of our annual fundraising, we wanted to raise money for the Welcome Organisation and support its excellent work.

From 5km runs around Belfast Port, to intrepid hikes up the rocky Cave Hill which overlooks the city, our team walked, ran, swam, and cycled to raise awareness and generate donations for the cause. We set a target of £3,000, and thanks to some generous donations, we managed to exceed that target and raise just over £5,300.

To learn more about the fantastic work the Welcome Organisation are doing to support homeless people in Northern Ireland, visit their website here, where you also volunteer, donate or find ways to fundraise.

The Enea team present the funds raised to Kieran Hughes from the Welcome Organisation
The Enea team present the funds raised to Kieran Hughes from the Welcome Organisation

#ENEA4INDIA

3000 KM, 6000+ EUROS, & 50 EXHAUSTED STAFF

In September 2021 50 members of Enea’s global team came together both physically and remotely to smash our fundraising target and raise almost €7000 in service of an amazing cause.

In countries across the world participants engaged in the activities of their choice, including bike rides, badminton games and hiking. Teams came together in Belfast and India and individuals cycled, walked and ran across parts of Croatia, Sweden, Canada, the US and Spain.

Jan Häglund CEO commented, “Congratulations and a huge thank you to all those who took part in #Enea4India - I feel proud to be working with you guys!"

The fundraiser was in aid of the worthy cause the Aadharwad Foundation (aadharwadfoundation.org). This is an active charitable trust offering educational, medical and humanitarian assistance, including COVID relief, for people in Maharashtra (the location of our Pune, India office).

Shyam Wadhekar, President of the Aadharwad Foundation said, “We are overwhelmed, truly staggered by the generosity shown by the staff of Enea. The time and effort you have all put in to generate funds will not only save lives but also transform lives.”

Sept 21 Grand hero image

2020 Charity Fundraiser

25 staff - on 3 continents - with 1 goal!

It wasn’t quite planes, trains and automobiles – but it was bikes, hikes, swims and runs! The last week of September 2020 culminated with the annual Enea Openwave charity fundraiser – and it’s been a year like no other!

Individuals had the choice of taking part in indoor or outdoor activities of their choice to help PIPS: Public Initiative for Prevention of Suicide and Self-Harm, a charity based in Northern Ireland. With 25 people, and a “Mix & Match” of events stretching across three continents, Enea Openwavers from all over the world have been fundraising in their own countries for PIPS – and so far have raised almost UK £12,000 (over US $15,000)!

Summarising this year’s record event John Giere, President & CEO 2012-2020, said “The team’s can-do / will-do attitude never fails to astonish me. Year after year we demonstrate our company and community values by living them out in ways that matter and this year’s efforts have been especially poignant. Well done everyone! And a HUGE thank you to all who supported this year’s fundraiser!”

Charity Team 2020

E Learning Project 2019

Now supporting 10 schools in rural India

Enea Openwave’s India team have contributed Rs. 80000 to set up eLearning kits in three more schools, bringing the total number we support to ten.

Most ZP schools lack teachers and infrastructure making it difficult for students to learn. With an eLearning kit, students can teach themselves, with assistance from their teachers.

An “eLearning kit” has a projector, screen and a USB stick containing a lightweight OS and a licensed version of the audio-video software course contents of the std. 1 to 4 Maharashtra State Board curriculum for all subjects. With the ability to be used over successive years, the kits can prove a long-lasting resource, bringing the power of education to hundreds of students.

Thank you, team, for your generous contributions!

2019 Charity Bike Ride - Belfast

A blistering 70 mile trek but the President of Enea Openwave made it!

A big thanks to all supporters and riders and to Julie and the office team for their organization and for the food!  We raised just over £5000 for our chosen charity, the Mitre Trust.

Fifteen staff members set off from our Belfast office on a cool, cloudy August morning, completing the 114km/71 mile bike ride around Strangford Lough in a blistering 6 hours. The riders included John Giere, President & CEO 2012-2020, taking part in the Belfast bike ride for the first time.

The Mitre Trust is based at Musgrave Park Hospital in Northern Ireland. The hospital specialises in orthopaedics and cardiology and has recently played a huge part in the recovery of 19 year old Patrick Greeves. Patrick, who is Clive Weir’s cousin, injured his neck playing rugby and feared he would never walk again, but now following great care and assistance from staff at Musgrave Park he has stunned his family by walking out of the hospital.

Everyone at Openwave wishes Patrick well.