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It’s not all about business

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019 4:41pm

“Any opportunity where we have a chance to showcase the research that we're supporting and encourage the general public and potential corporate partners is vital to an organisation like ours.”

Those were the words of Eoghan O’Sullivan, Campaigns Manager for Breakthrough Cancer Research, one of a number of Cork-based charity organisations who will attend the Cork Business Expo & Summit 2019 next Thursday.

Other charities attending the event are Helpful Steps, The Greater Chernobyl Cause, Rainbow Club, Down Syndrome Cork, Cork ARC, Bumbleance, and Marymount University Hospital & Hospice.

The charities will attend the expo on a complimentary basis where they will have the chance to meet with Cork’s business community as well as a number of visiting global embassies.

“We’re entirely funded by the general public and the generosity of people who support us, whether it's through people running marathons or companies taking us on to be their charity partners,” Mr O’Sullivan told the Cork Independent.

He continued: “An opportunity like this is really amazing for us because there will be so many businesses from the surrounding region and it's a great chance to be face to face with them. We're absolutely delighted to be there.”

Mr O’Sullivan also highlighted the importance of networking and the forging of new connections for charity organisations. “It's of huge importance to charities because in most cases we wouldn't have budgets there to be advertising, so it's hard for people to even know you exist unless you have the opportunity to tell them about the great work that's being done.

“It’s an opportunity to say, ’there's some great work going on at your doorstep and if you want to support us then you'll be directly impacting on cancer research in the region',” he added.

According to event organiser Michael Mulcahy of Business Cork, the expo will allow the attending charities to “get their message out there a little better”.

Mr Mulcahy said: “One of the things that a lot of these charities find difficulty in is getting coverage for what they do. Networking and connections is as important for charities as it is for businesses, if not more so.

“Anything we can do to help them get their message out there is very important and is key for what we want to achieve. The Greater Chernobyl Cause, for example, love to engage with students and businesspeople who might like to go and support some of the work they do.

“The Rainbow Autism Club are always looking for volunteers and are always interested in talking to people who might have concerns with autism in their family, but who may not yet have engaged with an organisation,” he said.

The Cork Business Expo & Summit 2019 will take place next Thursday 17 October from 9am-9pm in the Clayton Hotel Conference Centre, Silver Springs, and is free to attend.

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