Following several fundraising activities throughout 2015, KPMG Isle of Man has announced a grand total of £31,144 for its chosen charity, Alzheimer’s Society Isle of Man. This figure is KPMG’s highest fundraising effort to date. KPMG has also announced 'Wish Upon A Dream' as its chosen charity of the year for 2016.
Over the past 12 months, the KPMG team have embarked upon a variety of fundraising activities including “SaturPlay”, a fun family event held at the Manx Fun Farm, a back-breaking coin challenge whereby the staff collected donated coins from neighbouring offices and the general public in an attempt to lay a trail of coins the length of Athol Street and back, an in-house auction of staff services ranging from personal training sessions, pistol shooting, car valets and ironing, and the usual raffles, cake baking, dress down days and bonus ball draws. Individual KPMG employees also tackled half marathons and cycle and abseil challenges on behalf of the charity, personally contributing to nearly 20% of the total amount raised.
A significant proportion of the funds were again raised through the annual KPMG Promenade Relay, a ten kilometer relay race along Douglas Promenade which now in its third year, attracted approximately 100 teams and close to 400 fun runners and serious athletes. This event alone raised £13,000.
Director Micky Swindale enthused: “KPMG would like to thank its clients, staff and contacts whose endless generosity throughout the year was central to raising this record-breaking amount for Alzheimer’s Society Isle of Man. This charity is important to us as dementia continues to touch so many of our lives and we are pleased to be able to make a difference. Our staff commitment to local charities and the community is clearly a continuous effort and we appreciate the great deal of time that people dedicate despite busy schedules. Our chosen charity for 2016, 'Wish Upon A Dream', does some outstanding work to help realise the dreams of so many local children and I am looking forward to once again pulling together as a team to make an impact.”
'Wish Upon A Dream' is an Isle of Man registered charity whose primary goal is to grant wishes for sick or terminally ill children living on the Isle of Man. Launched in 2007 with its first wish granted, 'Wish Upon A Dream' is an independent charity whose donations go directly to Isle of Man children with the aim of making their dreams come true.
Commenting on being chosen as KPMG’s 2016 charity of the year, Lesley Turnbull of 'Wish Upon A Dream' said: “I am delighted and overwhelmed that my charity has been chosen by KPMG. I am really looking forward to getting involved with them in any way they need. KPMG raises so much money to help charities on the island. I am so very grateful for the kindness extended to 'Wish Upon A Dream'.”