An army of ‘green’ volunteers - 260 in all from 24 companies across Northern Ireland joined forces on Friday 21 September as part of Business in the Community’s Environment ‘action’ Day to tackle projects of a conservation nature.
Each volunteer was supported by their employer to get involved with a project which would positively impact on Northern Ireland’s rich environmental heritage. With beautiful forest parks and places like Mount Stewart and the Giant’s Causeway on our doorstep, protecting and enhancing these natural gems is imperative if we are to leave these as a legacy for future generations.
Hilary Hanberry, Business in the Community’s Volunteering Manager, explains: “We’re delighted that local business, Aurion Learning based on the Ormeau Road was able to join in on the day as they took part in a challenge at Crosskeenan Lane Animal Sanctuary.
“Environment Day gives employees a unique opportunity to make a difference to the communities in which they live and work. Working in teams, volunteers contributed their skills, talent and experience to a ‘green’ cause and of course had a bit of fun along the way.”
“Environment Day specifically focuses on projects at Sites of Special Scientific Interest (protected by law) such as woodland, heath land, hedgerows and peat bogs - all of which are under threat from climate and lifestyle change. This has a perfect fit for Business in the Community as we have a strong focus on helping businesses to reduce their environmental impacts and protect their natural biodiversity. Getting out to see this in action makes a huge impact on the volunteers and makes a lasting, positive difference at all of these sites.”
Could your business get a team together for a day or half a day and volunteer together in the local community? If you’d like to get involved, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or call (028) 9046 0606.