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Why does Cisco Systems support Simon Says?

“Cisco Charity Committee was set up in 2008, and we felt that local charities that had limited resources would benefit most from a donation and would also offer more volunteering options for our employees.

We found, bizarrely, that some organisations did not want any kind of relationship and support above merely handing over cheques. Some seemed more like businesses than a Charity. There were some who did not even return mails or follow up personal calls.

Trawling the Charity associated websites we found a link to ‘Simon Says’. As soon as we saw the website we knew we had found our local charity. The remit of Simon Says is simply irresistible. There was an immediate emotional bond for this tiny local charity. We couldn’t consider any youth to be more disadvantaged than those going through the ordeal of close personal bereavement.

The deal was completely sealed when we met Paula at their Eastleigh office for our first meeting. Money would be, of course, great but here was an organisation that our colleagues in the office could get direct and hands on involvement with and actually participate in the Charity works at all levels.

We had found such a worthy and deserving cause and one that we could support personally with employee participation and financially as a company.”

Not only does Cisco Systems as a company donate money, but the employees of Cisco have got involved in a variety of fundraising activities: a collection pot in the canteen collects loose change; employees run in the Great South Run; donations from a staff ‘book/dvd’ library; various individual challenges have included swimming and abseiling; IT department offer technical support; help with bucket collections; plus many many more!

Cisco have certainly make a huge difference to Simon Says and continue to do so – Thank you