34 brave men and women finally took the plunge by travelling to Kilkenny Aerodrome to complete a group skydive in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. The tandem skydive saw participants jump from an aircraft at 10,000ft and involved a 35-second freefall at 200 km/h.
The skydive, initially set to be held in October 2015, was postponed due to adverse weather conditions. In the interim, Paul Kinsella, a Friends First staff member who was participating and had completed fund raising became seriously ill with cancer and passed away. Following this sad event, a further 20 Friends first staff and Paul’s sister volunteered to complete the skydive and raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. The rescheduled skydive was renamed the Paul Kinsella Memorial Skydive, in our colleague’s honour.
Over €50,000 was raised for a cause that Friends First actively supports and has impacted so many of us. The Irish Cancer Society is supported by Friends First as part of our Friends in the Community initiative; aimed at making a positive impact on our community.
Friends First believes that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not just a function or department but a philosophy integrated into our company. It is how we operate our business and stems directly from our core values. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all involved with the skydive.