Servisource proudly sponsoring The Dundalk 10K 2017

Dundalk 10K 2017

Servisource Recruitment staff participating in The Dundalk 10K 2017

Seven years running, this years road race took place on April 25th at DKIT Sport. Servisource proudly sponsored The Dundalk 10K 2017 and staff from our offices also participated in the run. Also sponsoring the road race were DKIT Sport, Fyffes and Smyth’s Life Pharmacy.

All in aid of two very worthy causes, Oran’s Foundation and The Birches, Dundalk. Oran’s Foundation was founded in 2015 with the aim of fundraising for Oran and other children with multiple and complex disabilities. “Oran was born in 2011 with multiple disabilities, complex medical needs and an uncertain future. During difficulties and setbacks his will and spirit shine through. He has exceeded expectations and has a smile and laugh that uplifts all those around him. Oran has limitations but can continue to thrive and enjoy life with a little help from you”. For more information on Oran’s Foundation you can visit their Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/oransfoundation/

The Birches Dundalk is an Alzheimer’s Day Centre situated in Dundalk, Co. Louth, catering for persons suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or Alzheimer related Dementia. “The ultimate aim of the Centre is to ensure the Clients feel safe and welcome. To aid this feeling scented candles are lit and Potpourri are placed throughout the building. Oils such as Lavender are placed in the Bathrooms and used during bathing. The mood we set is one of relaxation and mellowness. The scents, colour scheme and furniture all combine to create this atmosphere. The activities that are carried out daily very much depend on the Client’s present. We have Knitting, Painting, Pottery, Reminiscence Therapy, Music Sing Songs, Crosswords to name but a few”. For more information on The Birches please visit: http://www.thebirches.ie/index.html

The race proved a huge success, hosting the biggest crowds yet. An interview after the race with Servisource CEO Declan Murphy:

https://www.facebook.com/DundalkSport/videos/vb.248558448813727/460977984238438/?type=2&theater

Servisource turning BLUE for MPS Awareness Day 2017

***MPS Awareness Day***

MPS Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of the rare, genetic mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) diseases. On this day, we support all the children and adults who suffer from MPS and ML by highlighting the disease and we remember those who have passed from it.

Each year in May, Servisources parent company, Cpl, turn BLUE for MPS Awareness Day. The idea is to wear something blue to create awareness of colleague Libby Kelly’s young son Max who suffers from MPS Disease. Last Friday 19th May, staff in Servisource wore something blue in support of Max and those with MPS. The aim was to create awareness in the hope of instigating research and cures.

MPS Awareness Day

Servisource Staff turning blue for MPS Awareness Day

“Max was diagnosed with the rare, progressive degenerative disease MPS (specifically in his case Hunter Syndrome , one of the MPS diseases) when he was just a year old. MPS is a family of 7 diseases which cause progressive damage throughout the body, including the heart, bones, joints, respiratory system, brain and central nervous system. It is a very serious and ultimately fatal disease with most MPS sufferers not reaching their teenage years. Each week Max undergoes a 5 hour IV infusion of a synthetic enzyme which helps to ameliorate some aspects of the disease but it is not a cure. He is doing well right now, however, endures multiple procedures, tests, operations and hospital appointments to help manage the course of the disease. A cure is desperately needed but as the condition is so rare, there is little research focused on the disease. Libby continues to raise awareness in the hope that it will lead to increased interest and knowledge about the disease and ultimately a cure”. 

For more information on MPS Disease or MPS Awareness Day visit: https://www.mpsday.com/#/

Haven Haiti Photo Diary 2015

Haven Haiti Photo Diary 2015 – Build Week

We are delighted to see our chief boss man, Declan Murphy  back home safe and sound after an exhausting build it week in the sweltering heat of Haiti. In just six days the team of volunteers worked together to help rebuild communities in Hait. While there they received an enormous welcome form the local people, inviting the volunteers to join them in their local church on Sunday and  even sample their local rum.

Below we have put together an Album of Declan’s time in Haiti, “Haven Haiti Photo Diary 2015”.  Enjoy folks 🙂

If you would like to read more about Declan’s time in Haiti check out his Daily Blogs available on our website.

If you would like to help support Declan and Haven in their build, log on to the Haven website and see how you can help this fantastic organisation.

Haven Haiti Diary 2015 -Day 6

Declan’s Haven Haiti Diary 2015 -Day 6

Wednesday

Everyone realises today that there is only two days left so there is an extra effort today to get as much done as possible. With the tree planting complete, that crew are back at the orphanage and we have extra hands to get work done. The first job today is to fit out the book store, the other volunteers have spent yesterday emptying out boxes of old books so that we can put up shelves. These books are all going back as nothing here is ever thrown out.

The great thing about these trips apart from the work that’s done is the fact that you meet so many good people, Marc, my roommate is from Atlanta, David and Jim from Block Island, Stephen and Catherine from Dublin, John from Mayo, Noel, Mary, Ailish and so many more people who have raised a minimum of €4,500 each for the charity and who are working flat out doing work that in many cases is outside their comfort zone.

Spider- Haven Haiti Diary 2015At dinner last night a tarantula crawled out and walked across the wall. They say that they wont bite you if you don’t annoy them and as Billy Connolly says ‘who gets up in the morning and says ‘I think I’ll go out and annoy that feckin spider today’. I leave well enough alone.

There is a bit of panic in the village today, in one of the buildings we are putting a new roof on there is a snake nesting. This is really bad in voodoo land as the creole name is serpent and the locals don’t like this. We manage to knock it to the ground and the locals beat it with sticks until it doesn’t move anymore.

The concrete crew have just one more "Honkey" Haven Haiti Diary 2015bit of path to do and for the first time there will be a paved road on the island. Its hard to believe that on the island that there are no roads. People get about by motorbike or what I called a ‘Honkey’ which is a cross between a horse and a donkey.

Sand roads- Haven Haiti Diary 2015Tonight we are going to walk back to the place we are staying, its about 12k and we have to go on whats known as ‘Route National 1’ which turns out to be a dirt track that runs east west across the length of the island. There isn’t a square foot of tarmac on this island! We head off up the hill called the citadel and stop at Ailish’s house, which is a one bedroomed square house overlooking the western tip of the island and has breath-taking views.

Ailish is from Loughrea in Galway and has made a decision to stay on the island and work with the charity long term. I know we do a lot in giving up our time for a week but to have the dedication to stay here long term is a vocation and something only people with true dedication can actually commit to.

local bakery Haven Haiti Diary 2015We continue down the path and pass a thatched home with an outside oven that Ailish says is the local bakery. All along the track there are people outside their houses washing clothes and planting trees and crops, each family has a small holding and the first thing you notice is that there is no running water and no electricity. Each village has a communal well and a solar powered lamp post where the locals can charge their mobile phones.

It’s a fascinating experience to really get among the local population and see what daily life is like. Despite not having anything they seem to be happy and just get on with their daily chores. On the way we see some of the house upgrades that the Haven team complete during the year. I’m disappointed because my phone is dead but the houses are really nice, they have been upgraded from mud huts to a house with block walls that are plastered and have a concrete floor. The charity manage to achieve this on a budget of $500 which is a pittance.

We get back just before dark and I am wrecked! My legs feel like I have done a marathon so I am ready for bed, I walk to the bar and decide that one beer will help me sleep and maybe quench my thirst….!