Whale and Dolphin Watching
"Inis – the energy of the sea" protects Whales and Dolphins..
Apart from our normal commercial activity it is important for us to help to protect the environment and so several years ago we decided to focus our efforts on the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG), which is a natural fit due to Inis' connection with the sea; thus we have been an IWDG "core funder" for several years now. We have also been the main sponsor for "Whale Watch Ireland" each year (which normally takes place on a selected date during August) and have pioneered resources in support of this event. We feel that business has a key role to play in promoting awareness of environmental issues and helping to solve them and are really pleased with our long term association with the IWDG which has grown from strength to strength since our collaboration began in 2001.
Padraig. Whooley of the IWDG writes..
"Core funding is really important to charities and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) like the IWDG, as these monies provide an essential buffer against an increasing array of hidden costs incurred in running a growing NGO & charity. Although IWDG has been successful in receiving "ring-fenced" funding for specific research projects, it is very difficult to receive funding to cover day to day expenses like:
Insurance, postage, professional fees, administrative expenses and expenses such as travel. Without this support we can not function as effectively as we do. Core funding therefore requires a "leap of faith" by the funder as they don't necessarily get their corporate logo on a high profile piece of equipment, nor are they linked to an important piece of research that makes some earth shattering new finding. Such altruism in corporate circles today is refreshing. Inis' Core Funding support for IWDG since 2006 has been an important part of the IWDG success story.
Parallel to Inis' Core funding support has been their tireless support for "Whale Watch Ireland", which Inis have sponsored each year since 2004. This All-Ireland event is one of the largest events on the Irish wildlife calendar, which each year sees huge numbers of whale and dolphin enthusiasts join IWDG on headlands and cliff tops for guided land-based whale watches thoughout the four provences. This event is free and open to all, and is more than just a data gathering exercise, as it informs and inspires people to become actively involved in local biological. The conservation dividend from this event is immeasurable.
For further information see www.iwdg.ie