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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.
E Learning Project 2019 - now supports 10 schools in rural India
Openwave’s India team have contributed Rs. 80000 to set up eLearning kits in three more schools. Members of staff went to the ZP school at Amralewadi to hand over the kits and whilst there enjoyed meeting staff and students.
The Openwave team now supports 10 schools, bringing the power of education to hundreds of students every year!
An “eLearning kit” has a projector, screen and a USB stick containing a lightweight OS and a licensed version of audio-video software course contents of the std. 1 to 4 Maharashtra State Board curriculum for all subjects. Most ZPPS schools lack teachers and infrastructure and therefore students do not learn. With an eLearning kit, students can teach themselves with help from their teachers. We have received very favourable feedback about these kits from the schools we have supported over the last few years. The best part is, the kits can be used over successive years for new students, making this a long-lasting gift.
Thank you, team, for your generous contributions!
2019 Belfast Bike Ride for Charity - a blistering 70 mile trek but our CEO 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 CEO John Giere, 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.
Northern Ireland Cycle Ride - September 2018 for some of the most critically ill children in Northern Ireland
Twelve hardy souls took part in the annual cycle ride through the countryside surrounding Belfast.
Many thanks to Fergus, Arthur, Clive, Timothy, Keith, Jack, Aidan, Brian, Chris, Liam, Matthew and Gerard who raised a total of £5,500 for Helping Hand. Helping Hand is a charity providing equipment and services to help maintain and improve the healthcare of children at The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, the hospital which treats the most critically ill children in Northern Ireland.
Supporting local Indian Schools - March 2018
The Openwave Mobility team in Pune are now supporting seven schools – amazing work!!
There are many schools in the rural areas around our office in Pune, India. A lot of these lack basic necessities such as teachers, classrooms, books and even clean drinking water. Over the past few years the Openwave Mobility Pune office team have been privileged to visit some of these schools to donate e-learning kits and 1000’s of books for a school library.
In March they visited ZP Primary School Kondhur and again in partnership with NGO EducationLinked, handed over e-Learning kits to four different schools.
It was a very enjoyable day and after the handover colleagues enjoyed chatting to some of the students and teachers.
Cycling for Tiny Life - Belfast - September 2017
The Annual Belfast Charity Cycle ride took place at the end of September. The guys took on the same tough route as last year, cycling 65km in aid of Tiny Life, a charity providing support and facilities to families with premature and ill babies.
We would like to thank Matt, Fergus, Brian, Tim, Liam, Colin, Aidan, Clive, Keith and Simon for stepping up and taking part again this year. The support the guys received from family, friends and colleagues was amazing and they raised £3,543. Thank you everyone for your generous donations.
Supporting Local Schools - Pune - Summer 2017
In 2017, with more staff now employed at our Pune office, we were able to support two local schools.
Events took place at each of the schools on 21 August where Openwave Mobility staff had a great time handing over paper books and inaugurating the eLearning systems - software, Android device, projector, screen, speakers, etc. Along with students and teachers, some local government officers and school board authorities were also present at the events. The students were very happy with the books and their kits and received them enthusiastically.
Afterwards colleagues reflected on the day with a well-deserved cup of chai!
Team Openwave Have Done 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.
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.
We’re always looking for more opportunities to get involved in our communities – what’s happening near YOU?