An international pharmaceutical services company will be donating to three local nonprofit organizations based in the Triangle as part of a donation of £250,000, or over $300,000, to 33 different charities across the globe.
The Almac Group, based in Northern Ireland, announced Sept. 2 that it would make these donations instead of holding its annual "family fun day" this summer. The employees of each of Almac’s 11 international locations were asked to suggest and vote on which three charity organizations in their area they would support.
At the diagnostic services operation center located in Durham, employees decided to give their portion of the donation to Triangle-based groups No Kid Hungry North Carolina, WE ARE and the Triangle East Chapter of 100 Black Men of America.
Each Triangle-based organization received $13,000, Angeliki Galoozis, senior public relations associate at Almac Group, said.
“Right now with COVID-19, we recognize the pandemic has created unique challenges for nonprofits that rely on donations to keep afloat and can’t do fundraising events like they normally would,” she said. "There’s this horrible paradox where they can’t do these fundraising events that they normally do but their services are needed more than ever."
No Kid Hungry North Carolina
No Kid Hungry North Carolina, a partnership between Share Our Strength and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, is working in collaboration with a project at UNC called the Carolina Hunger Initiative.
Lou Anne Crumpler, director of the Carolina Hunger Initiative, said she was surprised when she found out that No Kid Hungry North Carolina had received the majority of the votes from the staff in Durham.
“It was very gratifying to have learned about their interest in supporting us that came basically unsolicited and as a result of the staff learning about what we were doing in the state and in Durham,” Crumpler said.