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Optel Group renovate the back garden at Moyross Barnardos house

Optel Group Renovate – The team who renovated the back garden at the Moyross Barnardos house.

Optel Group renovate the back garden at Moyross Barnardos house

By ilovelimerick Correspondent Cathal Doherty

The Limerick branch of the company Optel Group has been an incredible force in charity work in Limerick and continues to do amazing work for projects throughout the City and County. Employees from the Optel Group recently volunteered two days of their time to renovate the garden area at the back of the Barnardos house in Moyross as part of their community outreach programme.



Optel is very involved in charity work and the company encourages employees to fundraise as much as possible. Just some of the fundraisers that the employees have taken part in over the last year are table quizzes, Movember, raffles and jersey days.

The back-garden project in the Barnardos house in Moyross was Optel’s latest project, which was completed last Saturday and took two days to put together. Martin Leonard from Optel Group said, “What we found out was that the families don’t really use the back garden because it was so overgrown. We put all of our time into the project and it turned out absolutely brilliant. It is such an amazing feeling to be able to give back to the Limerick community.”

Optel began the project by clearing out the obstacles in the way in the back-garden as the place was overgrown and unusable. They removed an oil tank blocking one of the walls and installed a gate for easier access for wheelie bins and people using the garden. They then sectioned the garden off into three areas for three different age groups as it was a wide-open space. Optel designed one area for smaller kids with sand pits and swings. They installed benches and other places to sit for families and they also introduced goals so kids could kick a ball around in a makeshift football pitch.

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Optel Group Renovate – The back garden at the Moyross Barnardos house during the renovations.

“We provided Barnardos with goals, soccer balls, flags and everything they needed to go out and play,” Martin said. “We also sectioned off each area with wooden fencing.”

Another initiative that was run by the employees was a donation of light bulbs to families in Limerick. Megan Fay, from the fundraising committee, explained the initiative to ilovelimerick “We swapped out all of our energy efficient light bulbs this year and the company who swapped them out for us, E-Lights then donated 600 light bulbs to Barnardos for families in Limerick. It is just a small gesture but some families in Limerick can’t even afford lightbulbs and with the donation of the long-lasting bulbs we hope that it makes a small difference in their lives.”

Optel currently has 136 employees in Limerick. Now a Certified B Corporation, OPTEL is a leading multinational provider of traceability systems, and its mission is to use its innovative technologies to create a better world through responsible capitalism. The company’s renowned solutions ensure the quality of consumer health products and help stop counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals and medical devices throughout the world. OPTEL is also adapting its technologies to create efficiencies in various other sectors ─ from health-related industries to smart manufacturing and more, all can benefit from global traceability. OPTEL’s expertise will allow diverse industries to measure, inspect, control and track a variety of elements to improve quality and make better use of resources.

Martin would like to thank the two main people that got stuck in and really pushed the Barnardos Moyross project to a go were Adrian Collins and Dermot Graham and everyone else that helped out on the two days.


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