Community engagement is a very important element of our corporate responsibility strategy. We are keen to support the growth and development of not just our staff, but the community at large.
We support the Isle of Man community through charitable giving, voluntary work, sponsorship initiatives and our annual community project - we allocate time to every member of staff to take part in a chosen community project.
This event has been a huge success for a number of years and we are proud to support it. It has grown from 13 teams competing to win the tournament to 34 teams battling it out. Each year this is a really friendly, sporting and community occasion and everyone involved has a ball. The Children’s Centre provides a variety of community initiatives and services aimed at enabling children, young people, and families to realise their full potential.
At the start of 2020 we began our support of the Isle of Man Ladies Basketball team, the PwC Hoops are the only female team on the Island. Our support is helping them to buy new kits, continue to compete in the men’s league and support their campaign to build ladies basketball on the Isle of Man. Their goal is to compete in the NatWest International Island Games in Guernsey 2021 - good luck ladies!
During our time supporting the Douglas Athletic Football Club Juniors we have proudly seen them grow from strength-to-strength, from what started at 3 groups ranging from 4-8 years and approximately 50 players in 2017 to now with 80 children across 5 age groups as well as 11 dedicated FA qualified coaches. Our support has helped them with new kits and the hire of two sports halls throughout winter to accommodate their growing numbers.
The PwC Question of Sport brings sporting brains together for an evening of competition, entertainment and networking, all whilst raising funds for local charities. We have sponsored the dinner, organised by the Isle of Man Sporting and Dining Club, since it began in 2012.
An array of local charities have been supported throughout the years and in 2020 the dinner raised a record total of £4,000, which was split between our charity of choice Love Tech and Wish Upon A Dream.
The Summer Reading Scheme encourages reading, writing and creativity skills during the school summer holidays. Run by the Family Library, a Manx charity, providing a specialist centre for all young people, and an important social and literary resource for schools, adults and the wider Island community. The challenge is great fun each year, alongside reading at least one book a week for six weeks, there is a points-scoring game, with prizes at the end. Each week there are different things to do in the library, including crafts, puzzles, games and activities, there’s lots of fun things to do at home too.
We are proud to have supported the Family Library since 2017 to offer this scheme for free to young members and families in the community. The children of PwC staff particularly like the party at the end!
Every year our staff are encouraged to take part in many sporting activities and events as part of our ‘PwC Summer of Sport’. These include events such as the Parish Walk, 10,000 step challenge and the 3 peaks challenge all whilst raising money for charity.
We always try to choose charities that are close to our hearts, for example the 3 peaks challenge our incredible team raised £6,000 which was split between Motiv8 and Cancer Research UK. More recently the 10,000 step challenge we did during lockdown and it was only right to choose Manx Solidarity Fund as our charity.
Members of staff walk the Parish Walk in memory of a much admired colleague Mark Freeman, who tragically lost his battle with Leukaemia aged 50 on 10 August 2010. Mark loved life and particularly sports, having taken part in the Parish Walk for 11 consecutive years; finishing in 2004 and 2007. Each year we sponsor a feeding table during the walk, providing the walkers with much-needed refreshments and support.
"The Mark Freeman trophy" was donated by his widow Carina and is awarded annually to the member of staff who takes part in the event and best demonstrates the values that Mark aspired to, being personal achievement, teamwork and having fun.
Partner, PwC Isle of Man
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