Posted on Tuesday 24 July 2012 by Ulster Business

AISUDA TO SUPPORT BELFAST RESPIRATORY SUPPORT GROUPS

(L-R) Asidua Chief Operations Officer, Angela Canavan, Pauline Millar, NICHS Respiratory Co-ordinator, Joy Collins, Member of the West Belfast Respiratory Support Group and Vanessa Elder, NICHS Fundraising Manager.

Asidua, the Belfast based IT integration specialists, has adopted NI Chest Heart and Stroke as their charity of the year pledging to raise £10,000 to support the local health charities Respiratory Support Groups in Belfast.

The money raised will fund the West Belfast and Belfast City Hospital Respiratory Support Groups for one year. The Asidua Charity of the Year allows the company to engage and support a specific employee nominated charity each year; during the coming year Asidua employees will be taking part in a number of fund raising activities to help raise the £10,000.

Angela Canavan, Asidua Chief Operations Officer said: “As a Belfast based company, we wanted to ensure that our fundraising efforts over the coming year could be directed to help support NICHS activities in our local area. Therefore I am pleased to announce that we will be focusing our efforts to help raise £10,000 to support two NICHS Belfast respiratory groups.”

Angela continued: “Our charity of the year initiative gives employees an opportunity to nominate and support local charities. Building on our successful partnerships with TinyLife, NSPCC and Disability Action, we are delighted to announce that the NI Chest Heart and Stroke will be our charity of the year for 2012 to 2013.”

Asidua employees have been quick to make an impact on the company’s fundraising target. Seasoned marathon runner, Gerry Gribbon, kicked off the fundraising efforts by helping raise £587.50 for completing the London Marathon. An Asidua relay team with staff members, Glenn Loughins, Andrew McDowell, Paul Allan, David McGimpsey and Niall Cunningham took part in the Belfast Marathon and raised £941.25. And not to be outdone, a team of avid hikers, Angela Canavan, John Tresadern, Sophie Gaw, Louise Ladd took part in the NICHS 11 mile Causeway Trek, raising an outstanding £1,414.25.

Vanessa Elder, NICHS Fundraising Manager said: “Asidua’s support will fund our Belfast Respiratory Support Groups for a year, ensuring that so many people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) get the support they need to manage their conditions. 2,000 people a year die in Northern Ireland from respiratory illnesses and our support groups be able to support more people with the help of Asidua.”

Over the coming month’s Asidua employees will be stepping up their fund raising activities by taking part in a number of fund raising activities including a sky dive, annual summer BBQ, outdoor activities challenge and a pub quiz. With their successful partnerships in recent years, it is clear that Asidua employees have the heart to ensure they meet their new fund raising target.

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