Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) is where we can add some skill or value to a project that will make a difference.We try to link into projects that have some connection to us , either by location or activity.
Tragic Consequences of typhoon Haiyan In November 2013
We were all shocked when we saw on our TV screens the devastating consequences of typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines . The damage was horrendous and we know many families will have lost loved ones as well as homes and property . We have many seafaring colleagues from the Philippines and there was little we could do for our colleagues other than offering them all our sympathies and prayers and practical help of ensuring they had extra free time if they were at sea with us , and to ensure everyone had enough telephone and internet time to check on family back home . We also made a substantial cash donation to our crewing agency Norseman where this aid went directly to Panay island .
Mainport garden in school of the Divine Child
The Summer of 2012 will be remembered in Cork as the worst in 50 years, but the management and staff of Mainport decided to bring some sunshine into the school days of the pupils and staff of the School of the Divine Child, Lavanagh Centre, Ballintemple, Cork.
This school are our neighbours in Monahan road and many of us had never been inside the front gates .
The School of the Divine Child was built in 1969, a special school for children with physical and multiple disabilities. The architects involved created a quad in the centre of the building which is used as the outdoor play area. There was a rockery here which had become overgrown and unsafe and therefore the place was seldom used by the children .
During the summer with the help and expertise of John Butler Landscaping, we have built a multipurpose maze and sensory garden in the quad. Now pupils can propel wheelchairs, walk around or just sit and admire this wonderful space where they can touch, smell and water the plants and enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment. A special play area to one side is home to noughts and crosses, boccia and beanbag throw and a special seat can be used to relax but with the help of a desk or two this can become an outdoor classroom when weather will permit.
The staff at Mainport have really enjoyed being involved in this transformation and we hope it will bring many days of enjoyment to the pupils and staff of this very special school. We plan to continue our relationship with the school by helping with the ongoing maintenance , visting the pupils and we now have plans to bring some of the pupils to see various parts of our work in Cork Port.
River Lee Clean Up
Mainport led the challenge to clean up the River Lee for its environmental project in 2007. This clean up was coordinated by Dave Ronayne and Capt Dave Hopkins. Not an easy Mission! However during the Summer 07 the big clean up began.
Before any of the hard work got underway the issue of Health and Safety had to be addressed, Eddie English from the Cobh Sailing Centre gave us an excellent lecture on our safety, also Martina O’Mahony from Ascon helped us with all safety issues regarding bridges and quay walls.
We couldn’t have done the “Big Clean Up” without the Help of the following companies: Ascon, Theo Cullinane, Paul Roche, Martina O’Mahony and the lads in the water: Paddy Murphy, Chris Fitzgibbon, Sean O’Dwyer, Connie Hegarty, John Donovan
Willie O’Brien crane hire, they really “lifted” our spirits! The Loftus empire,a huge appreciation for the Trojan work done by Hilary and Donnacha. All at Port of Cork were instrumental in this project and our thanks for their safety boat. Our thanks also to Cork City Council.
Meitheal Mara for their past, present and future help. O’Connors funeral home when we needed “bodies”! Naomhoga Chorcai was a huge help and lastly for the help from Cork Swimmers & Triathlon Club. We received a massive support from the Rotary Clubs of Cork.
Please check our News section for updates and reports on how this great programme is performing.
Cork Simon are in business for 40 years and do a great job in taking care of the homeless people of Cork . Over the years we would have encountered some homeless people , sleeping rough on the quays between bales of timber . We also think that homelessness is just bad for business , as well as the moral argument that in the current generation we should not have people sleeping rough in our streets .
So we have given some of our time and expertise to Cork Simon. Regularly our staff volunteer for Cork Simon flag days and co-ordinate the supervision of local school children and help collect the yellow cash collection buckets. We all wore our Christmas jumpers for our own Christmas lunch in December 2013, this was part of a Cork Simon fundraising campaign, which was great fun and all our staff gladly contributed to Cork Simon . Our CEO is on the Board of Cork Simon and was Chairman from 2008 to 2013 and also sits on the Cork Simon Business Partnership group .