actively supporting charities since 2013
Whitewater Foundation was founded in 2013 to raise funds and give support to other charitable organisations. Whitewater Foundation is a registered charity and is a non-profit organisation having a principal fund managed by its own trustees. The trustees are a team of people working within and externally to the Whitewater Company. We meet regularly to discuss how we can help to improve the lives of others at home and internationally. All funds raised and profit contributions from Whitewater go directly to the designated charity and are used directly to purchase equipment.
In 2012 after celebrating eighty years in business the Whitewater Company decided to get involved in some charity work, and hopefully give something back to the broader community. We felt it would be an a good idea to establish a charity of our own, as this meant we could ensure that all funds went to directly to the projects. Our Executive Director, Mark Keating has had previous experience working with charities abroad and has always had this type of work close to his heart saying, “We are so lucky that we do not need for anything, unfortunately others are not so lucky”. To put our money where our mouth was, we decided to set up the Whitewater Foundation.
With the help of our dedicated workforce and all of our loyal customers and suppliers, we are totally committed to finding projects that we can have a direct impact on helping people live longer, healthier lives.
Since 2013 when Mark Keating completed a charity cycle that would raise €60,000.00 for three children’s hospitals to purchase vital medical equipment. We continue to donate and volunteer our services to peoples at home and abroad, and raised money to buy much needed equipment for various charities.
We will once again visit Belarus and carry out repairs on water softeners and repairs to old heating system; we will also be donating salt which is used to keep water softeners operational throughout the year.
We are planning for Route 66 2020.This bi-annual trip has been running since 2002. It sees Temple Street’s Irish 66er’s travel through 9 states and 4 different time zones; from Illinois through Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and finally California. As they ride this wonderful road, always on their minds are the brave little patients in Temple Street that urgently need the best possible care that can be given to them.
Since it began this fundraising challenge has raised over €4.5 million for sick children in Ireland and the impact of this trip is visible throughout the hospital. Temple Street’s big hearted Irish 66ers have helped to redevelop critical wards and purchase vital life-saving equipment. Angi McNulty, Special Events Manager said, “It is with a huge sense of pride that I welcome the Irish 66er 2018 Team on board for this year’s challenge. We have wonderful support throughout America, especially in Chicago where we are hugely supported by Chicago Emerald Society’s Tom Cody, Cook County Sheriff’s Department and Chicago Police Department. We have made wonderful friends for life who have journeyed with us for the past 18 years. Temple Street Children’s University Hospital’s Route 66 Challenge is truly a unique experience. Thank-you so much to each and every one of our bikers who have made such a difference to our little biker buddies in the hospital.”
The Whitewater Team led by Mark Keating have been long term supporters of Temple Street “It gives me a sense of pride to be involved with the Route 66 Motorcycle Challenge for Temple Street, and I am proud that Whitewater are represented by 3/4 of its employees each trip on the fundraising challenge We are delighted to go the extra mile for Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. I see first-hand the wonderful work they do at the hospital. I am in and out on a regular basis. We are delighted to be involved and making a difference”.
In October 2013, The Irish Medical and Surgical Trade Association (IMSTA) who represent the Medical Technology Supply Industry in Ireland held their annual awards sponsored by Toyota Ireland in the Aviva Stadium where Mark Keating won the Community & Social Awareness Award – for the Best Fundraising.