Every year we spend 1% of our time on charities chosen by Atomic staff.
Down Syndrome Ireland
The experience of a friend or family member can really bring home a cause for us.
“I have a personal connection with Down Syndrome Ireland through my brother Declan,” says Patrick Murphy, head of Atomic Sport. “He’s benefitted hugely from the support they offer.”
When Down Syndrome Ireland reached out, Patrick and designer Eamonn Hall were only too happy to help.
Atomic helped craft a design style which could be easily rolled out for upcoming events. “They were terrific to work with, and grateful for everything we did,” Patrick says. “It was a fantastic experience for everyone involved.”
Save the Bees
No bees means no pollination, which means no plants & eventually no food. This is serious.
Yet, people seem determined to ignore the problem. Not so Siobhan Cullen, our production designer.
She collaborated with Save the Bees, a project to raise awareness of the importance of bees to our environment, by producing posters outlining a pollination plan for schools.
“I was delighted to be able to work on something that in some small way might help the situation,” Siobhan says.
There’s no good age to get cancer, but childhood is particularly tough.
Thirteen-year-old Robyn Smyth has been battling neuroblastoma, the most common form of cancer in kids, for the last ten years.
Digital designer Paul Byrne felt a deep personal connection to Robyn’s story – his partner’s sister passed away from neuroblastoma in the 80s – and jumped at the chance of helping Robyn and her family.
“Robyn’s Trust were fantastic to work with,” he says. “I helped them overhaul their website so they can receive donations and promote fundraisers more easily, and suggested ways for them to use social media.”
As we’re confronted by ever more increasing negativity it’s time for positivity to win out.
For this reason Caroline O’Grady helped put together the Sound Effects project – to celebrate small acts of kindness that show, deep down, there’s no such thing as a bad person.
“We asked people about the soundest thing anyone had ever done for them,” says Caroline, who took the reins on the project. “The result was a great two-minute video to highlight how small acts of kindness can have a big effect.”
St Martin’s School, Kenya
At Atomic, we believe no child should have to go hungry. That’s why we took part in a feeding programme at St Martin’s, a severely disadvantaged school in Nairobi, Kenya.
Three Saturdays a month, 2,000 students from the Kibagare slum receive what for many is their only food that weekend.
Our managing director Stephen Quinn and Stephen Kiernan the head of design were at hand to capture footage of the programme, even holding an exhibition afterwards to help raise €10,000 in much-needed funds.
Stephen Kiernan was blown away by the reception. “Working on this project was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I was totally unprepared for the harsh reality of entering the Kibagare slum, but the warmth and positivity of everyone we met was truly unforgettable.”