Zurich announces national partnership with Aware

Zurich Insurance has announced a three year partnership with Aware, the national charity which provides support, education and information around depression.

The partnership was selected by Zurich’s 400-strong workforce and will be led by employees who aim to raise €100,000 for the charity over its duration through sponsored events and fundraising initiatives. In the month of June alone, employees have raised €12,000 for the charity through a range of fundraising activities as part of its Global Community Week programme.

Aware was chosen as the insurer’s national charity partner by General Insurance employees across its Dublin and Wexford offices. The charity provides a range of support options for individuals, families and communities impacted by depression including nationwide support groups and email and telephone support services available 365 days a year.

Commenting on the partnership announcement, Maurice Cullen, Chief Marketing Officer for Zurich Insurance said, “We are delighted to announce Aware as our new charity partner, an organisation which makes such a difference to the lives of people who have been impacted by depression and we look forward to working with them over the coming years and helping to support the good work that they do.”

Dr Claire Hayes, Clinical Director of Aware added, “We are so pleased to partner with Zurich Insurance for the next three years and to have the support of their employees in raising funds for Aware. Their commitment will allow us to continue to provide invaluable services and support to people across Ireland who have been affected by depression. It will also help us to continue our work in educating and researching effective ways of understanding, coping with, and preventing this common condition.”

Depression is a very common condition which affects more than 450,000 people in Ireland (one in ten) at any one time. Any of us, irrespective of age, gender or background, can be affected at some point in our life.

Aware provides information on depression for many people: these include individuals who are experiencing depression or related mood disorders; those who are concerned for a family member or friend; people who are seeking to learn more about the condition, and also those who may be wondering if depression could be a factor for them.

Article Published: 03/07/2014