Between the 22nd and the 25th of August, employees of consulting firm BearingPoint Ireland will cycle 5.000km for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) Ireland. This charity aims at raising awareness of cardiac diseases. It provides counselling, support, and free treatments of those affected and assessments of people at risk. The Ireland practice of BearingPoint aims at raising €10,000 for the charity.
Cardiac Risk in the Young
CRY Ireland* is a charity organisation established to awareness of Cardiac Risk, Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) and Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS, SADS) in young people. Every year, around 80 young Irish people, people under 35, die suddenly of a heart problem, a problem they were often unaware of. This unawareness posts a big problem; around 10,000 people in Ireland could, without knowing, have the gene for inherited heart diseases.
CRY Ireland’s main objectives are raising awareness of cardiac risk in young people and providing counselling and support to the families affected. In addition, CRY Ireland supports the Centre for Cardiovascular Risk in Younger Persons (CRYP), a centre it helped set up. The CRYP provides free treatment and assessment of families who lost someone to a heart disease and also to young people that are at risk or who are experiencing worrying symptoms. All services provided by CRY Ireland and the CRYP are free of charge.
Fundraising through cycling
The charity runs on private funding and does not receive any government funding. “We receive no direct government funding for providing this service and we hope this will encourage more people to donate to keep the centre running,” says Michael Greene, Chairman of CRY. “What is takes are ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help us fundraise.” Greene states that to run the charity and to support the centre, €350,000 a year is needed. With this money, the centre will be able to screen around 1,500 people.
One of these initiatives comes from BearingPoint Ireland, an IT and business consulting firm. The Ireland practice has set the goal of raising €10,000 for CRY through cycling. A number of its employees will cycle 800km from Malin to Mizen Head between August 22 and 25. In addition, other employees will take part in day cycles of 60km or 180km on the 24th of August. They have chosen to donate all the money raised to the free screening at the CRYP and to provide support to families that have lost someone to SADS.
CSR BearingPoint Ireland
BearingPoint Ireland is committed to corporate social responsibility and sustainability and is a year-round supporter of CRY. The Ireland practice provides pro-bono technical and business support to CRY. As part of this support, the BearingPoint employees build and develop/enhance the CRY.ie website. The cycling initiative is part of the fundraising it does for CRY through sports and social and charity events.
*CRY Ireland has been established by Michael Greene and Marie Greene in 2002 after they lost their own son to a sudden death caused by an unaware heart disease.