GSK, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, has unveiled the annual GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards which offers €60,000 in funding to up to ten community-based healthcare charities.
Up to five winning charities will receive €10,000 each in unrestricted funding, while five runner-up charities receive €2,000 each. In addition to the prize money, winning charities also receive a specially commissioned video and photography package to help them promote their work.
The awards are open to registered charities that are working in a health-related field in Ireland and are at least three years old. Applicants are evaluated using six criteria from which the name ‘IMPACT’ is derived: Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community focus and Targeting needs.
Jacinta Collins, Communications Director for GSK, said, “There are thousands of “unsung healthcare heroes” all over the country that operate with purpose and passion to improve people’s health and well-being in their community and GSK wants to ensure they receive the recognition they deserve.
“Since establishing the initiative in Ireland, we have been truly inspired and moved by our wonderful winners and the huge contribution they are making to Irish health on a daily basis. We have every confidence that this year will be no different and we are really looking forward to reviewing the entries we receive.”
Last year, the Blue Teapot Theatre Company, Performing Arts School and Outreach programme for people with intellectual disabilities, was among the five winning charities of the IMPACT awards.
Petal Pilley, Director at Blue Teapot Theatre Company, commented on the IMPACT awards, “Entering the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards was in itself an opportunity to evaluate our achievements to date and the services we provide in championing the work of creative people with intellectual disabilities.
“We would encourage others to enter this year or consider entering in the future.”
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