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Operation Transformation - Aramark Transforms Children’s Playground

A team of over 57 Aramark employees rolled up their sleeves to help An Cosán, Ireland's largest community education organisation, to refurbish and revamp their playground in Kiltipper, Dublin 24. Along with Aramark’s Health and Wellness Ambassadors Alan Quinlan and Natalya Coyle, Aramark employees donated their time, energy and expertise as part of the company’s 2017 Aramark Building Community Day. This is Aramark’s seventh annual global volunteering day and aimed at giving back to the local community in addition to encouraging general health and wellbeing.

The initiative is part of a series of health and wellness volunteer giving activities held across Aramark’s global operations. Aramark’s Building Community Day is the day when employees around the world come together in support of their local communities in whatever way they need and can.

Liz Waters, CEO of An Cosán said “We are delighted to have been chosen by Aramark as a partner for their community day this year. We are very grateful for their generous time and support to the renovation and restoration of this playground. We hope the new and improved playground brings lots of fun and learning to the children who use it for many years to come.”

Frank Gleeson, MD of Aramark Northern Europe said “We work in over 650 locations in Ireland, impacting on a wide variety of communities across the country. We want to ensure that our relationship with those communities is positive and that our interactions with them are beneficial to the locality. We’re committed to addressing key community challenges and invest volunteer, financial and in-kind resources to help in any way that we can. I am very proud of all of our volunteers and would like to thank them for their support and for giving up their time.”

Former Munster and Ireland rugby international Alan Quinlan said “The transformation has been a fantastic success and a great example of how a small group of volunteers can pull together and make things happen.”

Irish Olympian Natalya Coyne commented “It was a fantastic day and we hope that the playground will give kids of all ages a chance to have fun”.

In addition to An Cosán, Aramark employees also revamped the special hospice gardens in the grounds of University Hospital Galway (UHG). Last year the Aramark team partnered with Tyrrelstown Educate Together for a much needed refurbishment of the school’s buildings, as well as laying down community gardens and creating wellness zones. Tyrrelstown Educate Together has over 600 students, some of whom have autism.

Through Aramark Building Community, the company’s year-round global philanthropic and volunteer program, employees partner with local community organisations in the neighbourhoods where Aramark operates, leveraging the skills and service ethic of its diverse workforce. Since 2008, Aramark has invested significant volunteer time and expertise, financial and in-kind resources, with 30,000 volunteers impacting more than 4 million people in over 50 cities.

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