13 October 2022

Star OUTiCO, as part of the Uniphar Group Commercial & Clinical division, is getting ready for this year’s group Unity for Hope initiative, raising vital funds for seven cancer charities across Ireland, the UK, US, and Australia.

Launching on Monday 24th October, Unity for Hope will see companies spread across the Uniphar Group aim to raise an impressive €100k – to be matched by Uniphar up to a further €100k, by reaching 15,000,000 steps – or equivalent cycle rotations – during the week.

Group CEO, Ger Rabbette, said of the challenge: “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to give back every year. It’s also a great way to get to spend time with colleagues in a hybrid working world. I know all will get behind Unity for Hope this year and make a big difference for our worthy charities.”

Set across the UK, Ireland, and Nordics region, Star OUTiCO employees will set about generating as many sponsored steps as possible in their hundreds throughout the week, tracking their progress on an app and seeing the distance ramp up as the days go by.

Among the fundraisers is Anna Cunningham, Star OUTiCO Employee Engagement Sales Manager.

Anna is taking to the peaks of South Wales on 29th October with friends, climbing several in the Brecon Beacons. A regular climber, Anna spoke to friends about her last climb, and they were so inspired by her words that they decided to strap on some boots and join her for the first time.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to give back every year. It’s also a great way to get to spend time with colleagues in a hybrid working world.

Group CEO, Ger Rabbette

Anna says: “I was talking about what a great feeling it is at the summit – and showed them some photos – and they pledged to join me next time I ventured up! They’ve been training and have gone out and bought all the necessary, so it’s going to be a momentous occasion for them.

“We’ll be climbing Pen Y Fan and the surrounding peaks of Corn Du and Cribyn, which are the highest in South Wales. Pen Y Fan is 200 metres lower than Snowdon, but the climb from the north side – which we’ll be doing – has got some steep, technical sections and on a clear day, and you can see all the way to Snowdonia from the summit. It’ll definitely be a challenge, so I’ll be pledging to donate funds per peak, per friend, for Unity for Hope, because I’m just so delighted to be sharing this experience with them.

“It’s such a benefit to our health and wellbeing, and of course, the fundraising efforts, and we think that the effort will generate around 15,000 per person, so we’ll be doing our bit to contribute to Uniphar’s 15,000,000 target!”

This year the group’s fundraising efforts will go to seven cancer charities in Ireland, the UK, US, and Australia. These are: St. Francis Hospice Dublin, Irish Cancer Society, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, Teenage Cancer Trust, Childhood Cancer International, Cancer Council Australia, and American Cancer Society.

Star OUTiCO European Operations Director, Mark Ward, said: “I’m looking forward to kicking off Unity for Hope with my colleagues here in the UK on October 24th. To everyone who’ll be taking part – let’s get out and get active to help beat cancer!”

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