Oracle Employees Support New World Record for IYF Children's Hour
By Maria Sandu on Nov 05, 2013
960 students ‘crouched’, ‘touched’ and ‘set’ under the watchful eye of International Rugby Referee Alain Roland, and supported by Oracle employees, to successfully set a new world record for the World’s Largest Scrum to raise funds and awareness for the Irish Youth Foundation.
Last year Oracle Employees supported the Irish Youth Foundation by donating funds from their payroll through the Giving Tree Appeal. To acknowledge our generosity the IYF asked Oracle employees to participate in their most recent campaign which was to break the Guinness Book of Records by forming the World’s Largest Rugby Scrum. This was a wonderful opportunity for us to promote the charity, support education and to make a mark in the Corporate Social Responsibility field.
On the 24th of October the sun shone down on the streaming lines of students entering the field. 480 students were decked out in bright red Oracle T-Shirts against the other 480 in blue and white jerseys - all read to form a striking scrum. Ryan Tubridy the host of the event made the opening announcement and with the blow of a whistle the Scrum began. 960 students locked tight together with the Leinster players also at each side. Leinster Manager Matt O’Connor was there along with presenters Ryan Tubridy and George Hook to assist with getting the boys in line and keeping the shape of the scrum.
In accordance with Guinness Book of Records rules, the ball was fed into the scrum properly by Ireland and Leinster scrum-half, Eoin Reddan, and was then passed out the line to his Leinster team mates including Ian Madigan, Brendan Macken and Jordi Murphy, also proudly sporting the Oracle T-Shirt.
The new World Record was made, everyone gave a big cheer and thankfully nobody got injured!
Thank you to everyone in Oracle who donated last year through the Giving Tree Appeal. Your generosity has gone a long way to support local groups both and last year’s donation was so substantial that the IYF were able to spread it across two youth groups:
first being Ballybough Youth Project in Dublin. The funding gave
them the chance to give 24 young people from their project the chance to
get away from the inner city and the daily
challenges they face by taking a trip to the Cavan
Centre to spend a weekend away in a safe and comfortable environment; a
very rare holiday in these young people’s lives.
- The Rahoon Family Centre used the money to help secure the long term sustainability of their project. They act as an educational and social project that has been working with disadvantaged children for the past 16 years. Their aim is to change young people’s future with fun and social education and supporting them to maximize their creativity and potential.
We hope you can help support this worthy cause again this year, so keep an eye out for the Children’s Hour and Giving Tree Appeal!
About the Irish Youth Foundation
The IYF provides opportunities for marginalised children and
young people facing difficult and extreme conditions to experience success in
their lives. It passionately believes
that achievement starts with opportunity. The IYF’s strategy is based on
providing safe places where children can go after school; to grow, to learn and
to play; and providing opportunities for teenagers from under-served
communities to succeed and excel in their lives. The IYF supports innovative
grassroots projects operated by dedicated professionals who understand young
people and care about them.
This allows the IYF to focus on supporting young people at risk of dropping out of school and, in particular, on the critical transition from primary to secondary school; and empowering teenagers from disadvantaged neighborhoods to become engaged in their local communities. Find out more here www.iyf.ie
Written by Marguerite Mcentee