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Abacus Annual Charity Football Match

Abacus Annual Charity Football Match

Abacus kicks off rivalry charity partnership to support local mental health services within NI.

Abacus Professional Recruitment has kicked off its annual charity partnership with local charity Niamh, by staging a charity football match, to help tackle local mental health issues and in the process raised an amazing £5,645.00 with more contributions to follow.

At the blow of the referee’s whistle, they commenced 90 minutes play, tough defencing and numerous goals.  Our two rivalry teams, Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland competed for the champion’s title.  A great afternoon was had by all, with the Republic of Ireland coming out on top, celebrating a 5-3 win.  Big thanks, to Pat McGibbon, who attended the charity football match to present the winning team and man of the match trophies.

Northern Ireland Team

Northern Ireland Team

Alan Braithwaite, Winning Captain with Pat McGibbon

Alan Braithwaite, Winning Captain with Pat McGibbon

Eoin Fleming, Man of the Match with Pat McGibbon

Eoin Fleming, Man of the Match with Pat McGibbon

Republic Of Ireland Team

Republic Of Ireland Team

Throughout 2016, the staff team at Abacus have pledged to do all they can to promote and support the work of Niamh (the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health), who offer services and supports throughout the island of Ireland designed to promote mental wellbeing and emotional resilience for all.

Welcoming Abacus on board, Nuala Dalcz, Director of External Affairs at Niamh commended the staff for choosing to support mental health. She said: “Although at any one time, as many as 1 in 4 people will be experiencing mental ill-health, there is still a stigma that surrounds this major ‘health issue’ that often prevents those affected from seeking support or speaking out about their experience.

That is exactly why partnerships like this one with Abacus are as very important to us as a means to help show mental health stigma the red card. Throughout the partnership year, our two organisations will be able to work together to help get the message out that when it comes to your mental wellbeing, it is ok to not feel ok, and sometimes we all need a bit of help to deal with the stresses, transitions and pressures that life can present us with.”

Via its province-wide network of day services, supported accommodation schemes and advocacy programmes, Niamh supports several thousand people each year in Northern Ireland with ‘lived experience’ of mental ill-health. On top of that, Carecall, Niamh’s counselling social enterprise, offers short-term confidential therapeutic support to over a million employees and students in public, private and community voluntary sector organsiations and third-level colleges throughout Ireland and the UK.

Speaking about why Abacus decided to select Niamh as its official charity partner, Alan Braithwaite, Director at Abacus said: “Niamh and Abacus are the perfect fit, hence our collaboration for 2016.

We both work to provide a high quality, professional and innovative service to our customers.  Our team is really motivated to support such as great cause and we are enjoying the challenge to raise funds.”

Abacus is one of Northern Ireland’s most established recruitment brands.  They have been in business for nearly 13 years’ and have a team of highly qualified recruiters in the heart of Belfast City.  Operating in a highly specialist and competitive industry they offer expertise and insight into a number of professional service sectors.

Following on from the huge success of their inaugural football match fundraiser, the team at Abacus is already planning a number of other events that will generate much needed funds for this local cause, whilst also promoting the concept of ‘wellbeing’. This includes:

  • Dress Down Fridays – Once a month the staff at Abacus will ditch their normal office attire and dress down to help prompt conversations with clients and visitors about the cause the team is supporting.
  • A charity quiz, to check out contestants’ knowledge of mental health and get their brain cells going.
  • Encouraging staff and clients to take part in a range of sponsored athletic activities, as looking after your physical health is good for your mental health too.

To find out more about the range of activities Abacus has planned to show its support for Niamh and help raise awareness of local mental health issues this year, please visit their website at http://abacusbelfast.wpengine.com/abacus-official-charity-partner-niamh/

Niamh Certificate Presentation

Niamh Certificate Presentation

 

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