Daffy events for HP charity

Hewlett Packard staff in Leixlip are planning to beat their 2011 fund raising effort for the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day, writes Henry Bauress.

Hewlett Packard staff in Leixlip are planning to beat their 2011 fund raising effort for the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day, writes Henry Bauress.

Inspired by colleague, Stephen Smith, who was directly affected by cancer, staff hope to raise more than €21,000, which was the total amount raised for the charity last year.

Head shaving, leg waxing, tag rugby competition and a parking space auction are among the events underway. Staff at the plant have been supporting Daffodil Day for 10 years, with the Irish Cancer Society being one of the main charities that HP supports on an annual basis. All staff members are involved in raising funds whether it is by fundraising, volunteering or simply making a donation.

Mary Jackson, HP’s Daffodil Day Campaign Manager said. “This is a charity close to our hearts and one that we are proud to be fundraising for the past 10 years.”

Stephen Smith said the company arranged a talk to allow him to tell his story. “It’s heartening to see the positive response of everyone in HP Ireland and we hope that we will reach our fundraising target this year,” he said.