#TaxbackGiveBack Supports Temple Street’s Pet Therapy Program

For the past 6 years and counting we have been proudly sponsoring the Pet Therapy Programme in Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin. This programme helps to provide respite to patients during their stay in Temple Street whilst giving them something to look forward to during the week. We decided to take a trip up to […]

13 Jan 2020

Taxback Take on the Jungle-In Aid of St. Patricks

Located on Kells Road, Kilkenny, St. Patrick’s Special Needs School caters for autistic pupils and pupils with moderate and severe & profound needs. At present, they have 82 pupils, 16 teachers and 32 special needs assistants. Last year, our CSR Team visited St. Patrick’s Special School after they contacted us seeking sponsorship for Samsung Tablets. […]

16 Nov 2019

Team TBG take part in the 8th annual JJ Reddy Danesfort Run!

Sunday September 15th 2019 marked the 8th instalment of the annual JJ Reddy Danesfort Run, an event that Taxback Group were once again, proud to be gold sponsors of. Over 1,200 runners turned up to Danesfort GAA on a gorgeous, sunny day to show their support. The run, which is in memory of the late […]

17 Sep 2019

Varna Business Run 2019

We were delighted to take part in the second Varna Business Run organized by Begach Runners Club on the morning of Sunday, 9th June. Business Run is the largest team building event in Bulgaria and takes place at the Bulyard shipping factory. Two teams from Taxback Group took part in the 4km relay race which […]

12 Jun 2019

We walked and ran for the Twomey Family Remorial Weekend!

On Friday, May 17th, Taxback Group held our annual 5k in aid of the Twomey Family Remorial Weekend. While on a family holiday to Devon in 2012, tragedy struck as the Twomey Family were involved in a horrific crash with Marek [RIP], a suicidal driver. Regretfully, the crash claimed the lives of Elber’s husband Con, […]

24 May 2019

Tutu 2.2 for Big Brothers Big Sisters!

For over a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping change kids’ perspectives and giving them the opportunity to reach their potential. It all started in 1904, when a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom. He recognized that caring adults could […]

09 May 2019

Varna Beach clean-up with The Taxback Group

  April 6th 2019 marked the biggest beach clean-up in Varna to date and we’re thrilled to say that nearly 30 Taxback Group volunteers participated in it. It was absolutely freezing on the day of the beach clean-up, but that didn’t stop nearly 1000 people in Varna coming along to clean the beach from cigarette […]

03 May 2019

Hannah and Rachel Kelly are doing Kilkenny proud!

Rachel and Hannah Kelly are twins from Kilkenny, and are the only two girls representing the South East Region on the Irish U18 Hockey Team. They were members of the Irish Squad at U16 Level and are delighted to have progressed to U18 Level through hard work and commitment. They’re both members of Old Alex […]

17 Apr 2019

The Taxback Group raised some much kneaded dough for Temple Street!

At The Taxback Group, the only thing that we like better than Fridays is cake. Now imagine what you get when you mix Fridays with cake and sprinkle in some charity fundraising too! We were absolutely thrilled to take part in the Great Irish Bake for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. The national event sees companies […]

11 Apr 2019

We went green for BUMBLEance!

Every year to tie in with the St.Patrick’s Day celebrations, we hold our annual Green Day Fundraiser. This year, we raised funds for BUMBLEance, the world’s first state-of-the-art ambulance service specifically designed and tailored exclusively for all children in Ireland. BUMBLEance provides safe and comfortable transportation for Ireland’s youngest patients who require transportation between their […]

09 Apr 2019

#TaxbackGiveBack Supports Temple Street’s Pet Therapy Program

For the past 6 years and counting we have been proudly sponsoring the Pet Therapy Programme in Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin. This programme helps to provide respite to patients during their stay in Temple Street whilst giving them something to look forward to during the week. We decided to take a trip up to Temple Street to get an insight into the work that these two wonder dogs do for the patients. Our Engagement and Communications Officer, Rachael O’Shea met the two amazing dogs, Buster and Schui and their owner Jeanette Gregg.

 

Jeanette was a part of a group, the Dublin Dog Training’s in Swords, County Dublin doing obedience training with Buster and Schui when she first got the idea to become a pet therapy dog owner. Jeanette met someone who had a dog in a yellow coat and asked them about it. It was here that Jeanette decided to get involved, she first started working in a nursing home and then later moved onto Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Buster and Schui help to take the children’s minds off the sometimes very difficult situations that they face. These two wonder dogs give both the families and patients something to enjoy and smile about when they arrive each Thursday with their owner Jeanette Gregg and Julie Collins who is a play specialist in Temple Street. It was truly inspiring to see the smiles and joy that these two dogs create and we are delighted to able to sponsor this programme for the past 6 years and hope to continue doing so in the future.

Taxback Take on the Jungle-In Aid of St. Patricks

Located on Kells Road, Kilkenny, St. Patrick’s Special Needs School caters for autistic pupils and pupils with moderate and severe & profound needs. At present, they have 82 pupils, 16 teachers and 32 special needs assistants.
Last year, our CSR Team visited St. Patrick’s Special School after they contacted us seeking sponsorship for Samsung Tablets. When we visited the school, we were absolutely blown away by the work they do and the level of care that they provide. The school’s Principal, Jane Dowling, showed us around and explained that they were hoping to start a fundraising journey to upgrade their playground as it was installed over 16 years ago. The existing playground is very basic, and there’s nothing for a child in a wheelchair, or who has difficulty climbing, to enjoy. The floor is tarmac meaning that if a child falls, they can pick up an injury very easily.
They want their new playground to be a place where the children can have fun and integrate in an environment where they feel safe and secure. This playground will have padded flooring, equipment for everyone and sensory activities that can really excite the children and motivate them to explore their surroundings. The cost of upgrading their playground is in the region of €20,000 which is undoubtedly a significant amount for a school that has very little government funding. Our CSR Team made the decision to help St. Patrick’s organise a fundraising event and after a lot of research, we decided to run “I’m a Celeb, Get me out of Here!”
The main event took place on Friday, November 15th and our Engagement and Communications Officer, Rachael O’Shea, was one of the brave contestants who took part on the night.
We were amazed and overwhelmed by the amount of people who came to support this worthy cause. It was great fun, the night involved watching Rachael gag at drinks and food, discuss her fear of enclosed spaces and run with a banana between her legs. We really enjoyed ourselves and most importantly, we helped to raise a whopping €74,830 for St. Patrick’s Special School.
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported this amazing school and we hope that the children have as much fun in their new playground and we did on the night!
Take a look at the highlights below.

Team TBG take part in the 8th annual JJ Reddy Danesfort Run!

Sunday September 15th 2019 marked the 8th instalment of the annual JJ Reddy Danesfort Run, an event that Taxback Group were once again, proud to be gold sponsors of. Over 1,200 runners turned up to Danesfort GAA on a gorgeous, sunny day to show their support.

The run, which is in memory of the late JJ Reddy, supports a number of causes each year with the overall beneficiaries being Danesfort GAA and Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. This year’s run also supported Just2minutes.ie’s #Run13for13 initiative. The Run 13 for 13 initiative aims to raise awareness for the 13 people in Ireland that are affected by cardiac arrest daily. It was a powerful message that definitely served its purpose of raising awareness. We were delighted to send our own group of 13 runners to take part in the event and on behalf of all at Taxback Group, we’d like to thank Team TBG for taking part.

We’re already counting down the days to next year’s run! If you’re interested in taking part, you can find out more on jjreddydanesfortrun.com.

Varna Business Run 2019

We were delighted to take part in the second Varna Business Run organized by Begach Runners Club on the morning of Sunday, 9th June.

Business Run is the largest team building event in Bulgaria and takes place at the Bulyard shipping factory. Two teams from Taxback Group took part in the 4km relay race which takes in some seriously breath-taking views. In 2018, over 1,600 runners from 200 of the biggest companies took part in Business Runs across Sofia, Varna and Plovdiv.

Not only is the Business Run a really great day out, it’s also a great way to give back to charity as 30% of the registration fees from the Business Run are donated to “Life with Down Syndrome”, an organization that support families and children with Down syndrome. Further to that, the Business Run was also nominated for two awards at the Bulgarian Charity Forum.

On behalf of Taxback Group, we would like to thank Kaloyan Vitanov, Aleksandar Kadanov, Stanislav Ivanov, Klimentina Rasheva, Sergey Ushakov, Petya Petrova, Yasen Petrov, Elka Kolemanova and Marina Nedelcheva for their participation. We can’t wait for next year’s run!

We walked and ran for the Twomey Family Remorial Weekend!

On Friday, May 17th, Taxback Group held our annual 5k in aid of the Twomey Family Remorial Weekend.

While on a family holiday to Devon in 2012, tragedy struck as the Twomey Family were involved in a horrific crash with Marek [RIP], a suicidal driver. Regretfully, the crash claimed the lives of Elber’s husband Con, 16 month old Oisín and their unborn daughter, baby Elber Marie. Elber established the Twomey Family Remorial Weekend, an action-packed weekend of sport and fun, to remember with love and to honour Connie, baba Oisín and baby Elber Marie. Their mission is to promote the value of how precious life is.

This year’s Twomey Remorial takes place in Meelin, Newmarket, Co.Cork (the highest village in Ireland) on June 8th and June 9th with something to suit everyone. There’s still time left to register, and you can do so here. If you can’t make it but would still like to help, you can donate online or simply support them by liking their Facebook page.

Nigel O’Donovan [Taxback International] and his wife Marguerite are life-long friends of Elber Twomey and her late husband Con, and needless to say, the charity has become very close to all of our hearts here at Taxback Group. To date, the Twomey Family Remorial has raised over €150,000 for a number of organisations and charities that help those in need including Torbay Hospital in Torquay, Devon, Pieta House, ReachOut, Brú Columbanus and many more.

Teac Tom, a local mental health support facility in Kilkenny, are one of the beneficiaries of this year’s Remorial Weekend. Teac Tom is part of the Thomas Hayes Trust, which was established in 2014 by Angela Hayes, her family and friends following the tragic loss of her son, Thomas to suicide (2010) on the anniversary of his dad’s suicide. The trust’s goal is to offer free and immediate counselling, in a safe and nurturing environment for those directly affected and their families, those suffering from suicidal ideation and emotional distress.

They offer a number of services including emergency response to suicide, counselling services, a 24 hour help-line [056-7796592], and both a school and work liaison service. Their centre on Ormonde Road in Kilkenny opens Monday to Friday from 9:30am – 4:30pm and no appointment is needed. A listening ear in a safe and confidential space, Teac Tom give hope to those that need it the most.

It was an honour to have both Elber Twomey and Angela Hayes attend our event and we’re extremely proud of our employees for getting out and supporting this cause. We’d also like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to Gillian and all of the team in VHI Healthcare who come out in numbers every year for this event.

Tutu 2.2 for Big Brothers Big Sisters!

For over a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping change kids’ perspectives and giving them the opportunity to reach their potential.

It all started in 1904, when a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom. He recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. That marked the beginning of the Big Brothers movement.

At around the same time, the members of a group called Ladies of Charity were befriending girls who had come through the New York Children’s Court. That group would later become Catholic Big Sisters.

Both groups continued to work independently until 1977, when Big Brothers Association and Big Sisters International joined forces and became Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

More than 100 years later, Big Brothers Big Sisters remains true to our founders’ vision of bringing caring role models into the lives of children. Today, Big Brothers Big Sisters currently operates in all 50 states and in 12 countries around the world.

Every year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties (BBBSMMC’s) hold their Tutu 2.2 Mile Run / Walk. A percentage of the final proceeds are donated to benefit BBBSMMC’s and the local youth that they serve. We’ve been taking part in this event for a number of years now and this year saw over 600 participants take to the Ashbury Park boardwalk kitted out in their tutus!

We’d like to say a massive well done to our New Jersey office for taking part, and of course to all of the other participants, volunteers and event organisers. We’re looking forward to next year already!

Varna Beach clean-up with The Taxback Group

 

April 6th 2019 marked the biggest beach clean-up in Varna to date and we’re thrilled to say that nearly 30 Taxback Group volunteers participated in it.

It was absolutely freezing on the day of the beach clean-up, but that didn’t stop nearly 1000 people in Varna coming along to clean the beach from cigarette butts to set an example for the children who, regardless of their age, learned a lot from this initiative.

The beach clean-up originated in Germany and has evolved from a small idea shared between friends to a campaign that now runs across 16 cities.

Kristina Ilieva caught up with Valentin Dimitrov, BIS-founder and main organizer of the initiative to chat about the beach clean-up campaign. Take a look at their talk below:

 

Hannah and Rachel Kelly are doing Kilkenny proud!

Rachel and Hannah Kelly are twins from Kilkenny, and are the only two girls representing the South East Region on the Irish U18 Hockey Team. They were members of the Irish Squad at U16 Level and are delighted to have progressed to U18 Level through hard work and commitment. They’re both members of Old Alex Hockey Club in Dublin and travel to train at least once if not twice a week, spending their weekends playing matches. We’re absolutely delighted to support them on this exciting journey! Hear what the girls had to say below.

“All Irish Hockey Underage programmes are self-funded and Taxback Group have generously donated to our great cause. The programme looks to develop younger players through coaching and international playing experience and all funds raised go towards coaching, playing kit and matches. Recently, we have played a two match series in England and we have just come back from a three match series versus the Ulster U21s last weekend. Scoring 3 goals each, we helped the team to three wins from three and enjoyed the trip immensely. Now it’s back to training with upcoming trips to Belgium and Scotland before our main competition in July, the 6 Nations Tournament in Holland.

Hockey is a huge passion of ours and we love all the different aspects of it! We travel to Dublin for weekly training sessions for our club and all weekends going forward until July will be Irish Training camps in Dublin and Belfast. This would not be possible without the kind generousity of companies like Taxback Group and we appreciate the great opportunity they have given us by contributing not only to us local hockey players but to the wider community here in Kilkenny aswell. It’s fantastic to have such a high calibre company here on our doorstep.” – Hannah and Rachel Kelly.

The Taxback Group raised some much kneaded dough for Temple Street!

At The Taxback Group, the only thing that we like better than Fridays is cake. Now imagine what you get when you mix Fridays with cake and sprinkle in some charity fundraising too!

We were absolutely thrilled to take part in the Great Irish Bake for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. The national event sees companies and individuals across the country rally together and put their best bakers forward for a good old-fashioned bake sale. Both our Stephen’s Green Office and our HQ in Kilkenny took part and there was no shortage of treats (or treat-eaters!) at either location.

Congratulations to Lisa Murphy (Kilkenny) and Carrie Grant (Dublin) who were crowned the best bakers in their respective offices, and a massive well done to Temple Street on the success of the Great Irish Bake 2019!

Temple Street provide care to hundreds of sick children in need of world-class medical care and they raise funds to ensure that these children have access to the very best paediatric equipment, facilities and supports when they need it the most. The Taxback Group aim to support Temple Street in any way that we can, and we’ve been supporting their Pet Therapy Program for the last six years.

We went green for BUMBLEance!

Every year to tie in with the St.Patrick’s Day celebrations, we hold our annual Green Day Fundraiser. This year, we raised funds for BUMBLEance, the world’s first state-of-the-art ambulance service specifically designed and tailored exclusively for all children in Ireland.

BUMBLEance provides safe and comfortable transportation for Ireland’s youngest patients who require transportation between their home and children’s hospitals, hospices, national paediatric treatment centres, and respite centres nationwide.

We were absolutely delighted to have the BUMBLEance Team on site so that our employees could see exactly what they were supporting. Here’s a look at how they got on:

 

If you’d like to see how you can help raise funds for this fantastic service, head to bumbleance.com.