France – Notre Dame de Bondeville
Selling flowers, wrapping gifts and raising funds for those in need
Aspen’s team from Notre Dame de Bondeville traditionally host Mandela Day initiatives throughout the year, given that July falls within their summer month vacation period.
Over the 2017 festive season teams of employees wrapped gifts for donations to raise funds for numerous beneficiaries. These included:
- Association des paralysés de France that assists handicapped people;
- Restos du Cœur which helps destitute citizens in Normandy who need food and clothing;
- L'oiseau Bleu, an association that provides scholarships to parents with autistic children; and
- Rires d'enfants that was established in 1992 to support children and parents during stressful periods of hospitalization
UNICEF was another beneficiary of this French-based team and support was provided through the sale of UNICEF objects to benefit children’s rights and also to raise funds for hospitalised children who are supported by Les Blouses Roses.
Ligue contre le cancer, an association created in 1912 to drive various activities from prevention action to effective support dedicated to people impacted by cancer, also benefited from sponsorships, vouchers and a Christmas raffle that were arranged through Aspen’s employees.
In January Aspen volunteers sold flowers to raise funds for the Lions Club in Rouen to benefit less fortunate and destitute citizens in the area. They again supported the Lions Club in April by selling tulips to raise funds for cancer and to contribute towards equipment required at the Rouen hospital.
Members of the HR team provided coaching support for professional reintegration to some unemployed citizens through CREPI, an association that helps the jobless to secure employment.