Monday, August 15, 2022

Volunteers from AbbVie in Westport are giving back to the community.

AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company that employs approximately 1,400 at its manufacturing site in Westport, recently celebrated its seventh annual Week of Possibilities. The initiative, which was put on pause for two years due to the Covid pandemic, is the company’s signature community volunteering programme.

In Mayo, 355 AbbVie employees from the company’s manufacturing facilities in Westport jointly helped rejuvenate school grounds at three different local schools —St Anthony’s Special School in Castlebar, Lankhill Primary School and St Colmcille’s National School, Westport.

AbbVie volunteers spent 1,400 hours across the week restoring playground markings, creating and reinstating a number of new sensory areas and pathways, constructing outdoor educational spaces, undertaking extensive planting, and the painting of external walls, fences, benches across the school grounds.

Speaking about the positive impact of the Week of Possibilities outreach, Fiona Byrnes, School Principal, St. Anthony’s Special School, said:

“St Anthony’s Special School was delighted to be one of the first schools in Mayo to benefit from Week of Possibilities 2022. From the very first meetings with senior AbbVie personnel, we were humbled by the generosity of volunteer spirit and willingness to genuinely make a difference to our school.

An Abbvie volunteer taking part in the initiative.

“We had ideas and dreams for the possible renovation of our school grounds, but the AbbVie leaders and volunteers turned them into glorious reality in just one week and the school looks absolutely amazing as a result!

“The work of the volunteers has revitalised our external play areas and opened up new grounds for our special needs children to explore and use daily. The impact of the work will allow those with sensory and special needs the space they need to play safely, exercise their energy, explore or just sit to have quiet time. Our sincere thanks to all AbbVie volunteers involved.”

Kevin Munnelly, School Principal, St Colmcille’s National School (Quay School) in Westport, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the volunteers from AbbVie who’ve kindly given up their time. They’ve totally transformed the school to the benefit of the pupils, parents and staff. We were so lucky to have been chosen and this will mean so much to the Quay School community.”

AbbVie believes in making a strong commitment to local communities, particularly in education.

AbbVie staff painting a pedestrian crossing.

Commenting on the project, Ian O’Driscoll, Plant General Manager at AbbVie Westport, said: “We were delighted to come together to participate in the recent Week of Possibilities project. Giving back is a cornerstone of who we are as a company, and it was privilege to make a difference for schools in our local community in this way.

“I’d like to thank our employees who have given their time, talent and efforts across the week to help transform the three schools’ outdoor areas so that they can be enjoyed by students, teachers and special needs assistants when they return in September.”

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