Thursday Jan 30, 2014

GVD Poland – Painting the Orphanage

This time our colleague Robert Harris wrote a short article about the #Oraclevolunteers in Poland and the support they gave to the Dom Dziecka nr 9 orphanage located in Warsaw.

Last autumn, during Global Volunteer Days our employees from Poland spent the day painting and redecorating the hall, the main space where children, staff and guests move through every day.

Nine #Oraclevolunteers spent a couple of hours on this activity – getting the paint on before the children returned from school! It was a great opportunity to integrate during the work and later on when eating a delicious dinner served by the orphanage’s canteen.

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Friday Jan 24, 2014

GVD Oracle Ireland: Treasure Hunting for Charity

On the 25th of October volunteers from Oracle Ireland took part in an event to raise money for the non-profit organization Variety, the Children’s Charity. The charity is dedicated to improving the lives of sick disabled and disadvantaged children in Ireland and donates wheelchairs through its Mobility Program.

Oracle’s sponsored Treasure Hunt was specifically aimed at providing a wheelchair for a little girl, 14 years old and diagnosed with McCune Albright Syndrome. Because of this rare and little understood syndrome she went through precocious puberty, meaning she went from baby to adult, with all the physical changes that come with that, with no child or adolescent stages in between.

From the age of 3 the little girl has spent most her life in and out of hospitals, and her health will worsen as she gets older. The Electrical Wheelchair will allow her to enjoy simple pleasures with her family, such as more mobility out of doors.

The Treasure Hunt gathered 23 volunteers who were grouped in teams of four or five and accumulated points by answering questions that involved visiting places all over the city...

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Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

The Most Inspirational person in Oracle Direct EMEA FY14Q2

Congratulations to Marc, Business Development Manager - DECH Region for having been awarded "the Most Inspirational person in the Oracle Direct EMEA Group FY14Q2"! This prize is part of a peer nominated recognition programme within Oracle Direct. Marc's efforts and personal drive have inspired his peers from the Inside Sales Organisation and thus he got the award!

What makes Marc the Most Inspirational?

Marc has managed to inspire each member of his team to take on more responsibility, to work on their own initiative, to go the extra mile and to think outside the box. With his drive and his motivational and enthusiastic personality he has already earned the respect and appreciation from every member of his team! He is never afraid to take a creative path, to initiate new visions and empower persons to make them grow. Furthermore, his incredible communications skills make him not only a good sales person or sales manager, but a great person at all. Most of all, Marc helps getting the best of all people around him by being extremely supportive while this sharing responsibility.

Here are some thoughts about Marc from the Oracle Direct employees who voted for him!

Every morning, Marc comes to work and spreads his engagement, dedication and good to his team and his colleagues.”...

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Saturday Jan 18, 2014

GVD South Africa – baie baie dankie #Oraclevolunteers !

#Oraclevolunteers from various locations in South Africa dedicated their time on Global Volunteers Day to the community. Read on this article by Robert Harris to see what contribution they’ve made to the society.

Oracle Durban

Oracle South Africa’s smallest office, in Durban, spent Global Volunteers Day helping the Food Bank South Africa, a registered agency that focuses on addressing food insecurity in South Africa. Volunteers contributed food items including 270 kg of rice and 144 x 400 g canned fish. The agency sees to it that the food is distributed appropriately to the various needy communities – schools, pre schools, old age homes, drop in centres, HIV and Aids centers. Oracle selected a number of Pre Schools as beneficiaries of their donation.

Oracle Johannesburg

This year volunteers spent the morning of the 19th of October at Prinshof School for the visually impaired and blind in Pretoria...

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Tuesday Jan 14, 2014

GVD United Kingdom: Clearing Gorse for the National Trust

As part of Oracle’s Global Volunteer Days initiative, a group of almost 50 Oracle UK employees with family and friends travelled down to Corfe Castle in Dorset to help the National Trust clear an area of gorse. The project was organised by Carole Speed, Linux, Virtualization and MySQL GBU.

The host Ranger from the National Trust explained that Heathland is a manmade landscape, created by the earliest stone age farmers and maintained by grazing and wood cutting throughout the years. The aim of this project was to continue this traditional form of management by clearing an area of scrub and gorse to allow regeneration of the purple heather for which the heaths are renowned.

After the safety briefing and a round of bacon sandwiches the Oracle team set to work – sawing, lopping and dragging the gorse to create a huge bonfire. It’s amazing what a large group of enthusiastic volunteers can achieve...[Read More]

Friday Jan 10, 2014

GVD Nigeria – Gift of life

Nigeria is one of the many countries where #Oraclevolunteers are agents of change in their community. This new article by Robert Harris shows the contribution they have made to the society in 2013: GVD Nigeria – Gift of life.

Oracle Nigeria’s first Global Volunteer Days activity involved a blood drive in favor of the Lagos State Government Blood Transfusion Committee.

“It was fantastic initiative,” said Ihuoma Okoroafor, CSR Coordinator Nigeria. “At first people were a bit uncertain about donating but after the health talk that the Lagos state officials gave prior to the commencement of the donation, all doubts were cleared.”

The volunteers got to see the bigger picture and embraced the joy of knowing that this was not just about giving blood, but in fact it was giving to someone...

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Tuesday Jan 07, 2014

GVD Germany: Pumpkins for Potsdam Children

Thousands of Oracle employees take part annually in the Global Volunteer Days by donating their time and talent to community service projects all around the world. We’re starting a new series of articles by Robert Harris about the various contributions #Oraclevolunteers have made to the society in 2013.

GVD Germany: Pumpkins for Potsdam Children

In October volunteers from Oracle Germany’s Potsdam office hosted a Fall Festival for the Red Cross Children’s Home Kinderheim am Stern. Oracle Potsdam has a long standing relationship with this orphanage, just as Oracle Munich has similar ties to local children’s homes.

The 15 volunteers spent many hours playing with the children and also livened up the garden with a dozen craftily carved pumpkin heads. Oracle and the children also prepared the garden for the spring, planting seedlings and cleaning weeds...

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Monday Jan 06, 2014

A Movember to Remember!

The moustaches came in all shapes and sizes - there were Hungarian, Dali, Imperial, Freestyle, Handlebars, Horseshoes – so many varieties of facial fuzz, it was hard to keep up! One thing for sure, the men of Oracle took their moustache growing very seriously during the month of Movember as the finest facial hair and the most marvellous Mo’s sprouted up around Oracle Offices in Dublin and Malaga.

Movember is an annual charity campaign which asks men to grow a moustache throughout the month of November to raise money and awareness for men’s health. It specifically funds programmes for testicular and prostate cancer and the men who are affected by the disease...

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