Parker Green International scoops Prince’s Trust top prize
Newry based company Parker Green International has scooped the top prize for the second year running in The Prince’s Trust Million Makers Corporate Challenge in Northern Ireland, raising an impressive £49,000 to help turn around the lives of disadvantaged young people in Northern Ireland.
With initial seed funding from The Prince’s Trust, the team undertook a series of celebrity chef dinners and a high profile movie premiere over the past six months to maximize profits to donate to the charity. A total of £130,000 was raised between the eight Northern Ireland finalists including Allstate NI, BNI, Hewlett Packard, Marks and Spencer, Northgate Managed Services, Parker Green International, ShredBank and Tughans who competed against each other to run the most profitable mini enterprise.
Speaking at the Final awards ceremony, Dr. Gerard O’Hare CBE DL, Group Managing Director said, “This is the second year we have taken part in the Prince’s Trust Million Makers Corporate Challenge and the second time we have won, so we are absolutely delighted. Competing with other companies has been a tough but extremely rewarding process for all of our employees who have greatly enjoyed the experience.”
He added, “As a company, we have worked closely with The Prince’s Trust for a number of years so we know first-hand what can realistically be achieved with the money raised by this year’s challenge. It is deeply gratifying to know that the money we have raised is going to directly help disadvantaged young people locally. I would encourage any company to put a team forward for what is such a great cause.”
Ian Jeffers, Director of The Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland said, “This year’s Million Makers teams have shown an impressive amount of creativity and commitment to raise more than £130,000 for The Prince’s Trust. Not only have the team participants developed many transferable skills such as leadership, motivation and decision making, but the money raised will make a significant impact on the lives of many disadvantaged young people throughout Northern Ireland.”
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