“Breast Cancer Care Selected as Atos Origin UK’s Corporate Charity for 2005”
London, 21st April, 2005
Atos Origin, a leading international IT services company, today announced that its employees in the UK have selected Breast Cancer Care to be their Corporate Charity for 2005.
Breast cancer has touched the lives of many employees, their friends and relations, and in a companywide process Breast Cancer Care was overwhelmingly voted in as the company's charity of the year in the UK.
Atos Origin's staff across the UK will be organising many fundraising activities throughout the year. These include holding “Dress down Pink Days”, fundraising through sporting activities such as the BUPA Great North run and the Flora Light Challenge for Women, and hosting a special fund-raising dinner at the end of the year.
Fundraising for the corporate charity forms one strand of Atos Origin UK's Community Relations programme. Other aspects of the programme include volunteering, payroll giving, charitable donations, sponsorships and a programme of events to further our work as a responsible corporation.
Brendan Connolly, Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer, said, ”Community Relations is our name for Corporate Social Responsibility in Atos Origin UK. This means our people making a difference in the communities we live and work in. Either as individuals or together with colleagues, customers or suppliers, we can use our skills, time and financial resources to help other people.”
“We believe that our Community Relations programme leads to corporate and personal development, and an enhancement of the company's reputation,” added David Tait, EVP, Global Accounts, Markets, UK Public Sector and UK Transport. “In selecting Breast Cancer Care as our charity for 2005, the staff at Atos Origin UK have pledged our support to a charity which strives to improve the lives of people affected by breast cancer “.
Alex Ford, Director of Fundraising, Breast Cancer Care said of the partnership: “We are delighted to be chosen as Atos Origin's charity of the year. The money they raise will go towards ensuring that we can continue to provide accessible, high quality services for those touched by breast cancer across the UK.”
Breast Cancer Care has been working for over 30 years to make a difference in the lives of people affected by breast cancer. They provide accurate, easy to understand information as well as practical and emotional support. They are the only charity working across the UK to provide these services. Every year they receive almost two million requests for support and information through their services including their helpline, website and publications. All of their services are free. They are committed to campaigning for better treatment and support for people with breast cancer and their families.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors . Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
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