Following a busy year of community engagement and fundraising, KPMG has announced the donation of £7,674.01 to its chosen charity of the year 2011/12, Manx Cancer Help. The impressive total is the result of hundreds of accumulated man-hours donated by KPMG colleagues as well as the generosity and enthusiasm of the Manx public, which has been vital to supporting the firm’s philanthropic efforts. This year’s initiative also puts KPMG colleagues in good stead to continue in their annual charitable mission, with Rebecca House being nominated as KPMG’s chosen Charity of the Year 2012/13.
The past 12 months have seen KPMG colleagues embark upon a series of events in aid of Manx Cancer Help with the aim of raising awareness of its goals as well as supporting the charity as it relocates to its new premises in Braddan. Fundraising initiatives have included the Bark at Ballanette sponsored dog walk, entering a sponsored KPMG team into the Parish Walk and fundraising galas. As with many of their events, KPMG have also provided a series of donations for raffles and prize draws including an iPad 3, laptops, PCs, cakes and artwork.
Some of the other initiatives KPMG has taken part in throughout 2012 to benefit local charities include Hospice Midnight Walk, Movember, Cancer Research Relay, Jeans for Genes, Age Concern Christmas Hampers, a dress down day for AZIZ, a dress down day for Manx Blind welfare, a fun day for Pumps for Kids and wine tasting session at the Sayle Gallery for KPMG colleagues, friends and alumni to benefit SCBU, Craigs Heartstrong Foundation and Hospice.
KPMG’s Managing Director, David McGarry, commented on the year’s achievements: “This is a fantastic achievement and I am enormously proud of my colleagues at KPMG for dedicating so much time and effort towards such a worthy local cause. People often make the distinction between professional and community life and consider one as being somehow unrelated to the other. We hope that our efforts have helped to bring to the fore the importance of corporate social responsibility and its role not just within the charitable community but the wider Island community as a whole. Public support throughout the year has been phenomenal and without it we would not have been able to achieve such a fantastic figure. I would like to thank everyone for their commitment and enthusiasm and look forward to next year’s fundraising efforts.”
Andrea Chambers of Manx Cancer Help also commented: “Manx Cancer Help are extremely grateful to all of the staff at KPMG for their support over the last 12 months and for the wonderful amount of money raised. The money will be used to continue to develop the psychological services offered to anybody whose life has been affected by cancer. We have just moved to a beautiful new centre and are also just launching a service to support young people aged between 16 and 25 who have been affected by cancer so there is an ever increasing need for funding. We are a totally independent charity and all of our funds stay on the Island to benefit local people so the support of businesses such as KPMG is essential to our survival and a vital support to us.”
Manx Cancer Help is an Isle of Man based charity which offers free, non-judgemental and confidential specialist counselling on the Isle of Man. Through a series of services ranging from face-to-face and telephone counselling, and outreach and consultancy work to financial help and complementary therapies, the charity aims to provide support for those affected by cancer, their carers, and their family.