PM Group was presented with the gorta Global Corporate Responsibility Leadership award at gorta’s World Food Day Conference, attended by the President of Ireland, Her Excellency, Mary McAleese and Minister for Overseas Development, Peter Power in Dublin.
Pat McGrath, CEO PM Group, accepted the award on behalf of the company for our work on the gorta/SCAD project in Tamil Nadu, India.
PM Group has been working on the project since 2008. The development will see the creation of a 9,000sqm Centre for Differently Abled Children in Tamil Naidu. Gorta CEO, Brian Hanratty, said at the ceremony that PM Group provided ground breaking work in assisting gorta to develop the centre. “Through this centre children and young adults from the poorest sections of the community will be able to have access to therapy, training and education enhancing their chances of a prosperous future,” he said.
Pat McGrath described the award as a great honour for PM Group and encouraged other leading businesses to think in global terms in their CSR programmes. “We are very proud to provide our expertise for this project. Businesses have a key role to play in how we tackle world poverty and hunger and I would encourage other companies to also look for opportunities where business can play a role in supporting aid and development programmes” he said.
The new centre will include 96 residential spaces and welfare facilities for boys and girls with a further 120 day places as well as school facilities, trainee facilities and accommodation, health assessment and rehabilitation services, an administrative centre, an orthotics and prosthetic workshop, restaurant and community hall as well as residential accommodation for staff and visitors alike. The campus has been designed to respect the climate, local technologies and construction materials. It is set out as a series of interlinked two storey split courtyard buildings where external spaces contribute as much to the overall function of the facility as the rooms and corridors.
Pictured above are: Pat McGrath, PM Group CEO; Her Excellency, Mary McAleese, President of Ireland and Brian Hanratty, CEO, gorta.
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