Rugby Stars Visit PPM Factory in Support of GOAL

Leinster Rugby stars Ian Madigan and Leo Cullen paid a visit to the Pittards Product Manufacturing factory on Thursday 4th July as part of a 3 day awareness trip to Ethiopia with the international humanitarian agency GOAL. The organisation, founded in Dublin in 1977 by former sports journalist John O’Shea is dedicated to alleviating the suffering of some of the poorest and most vulnerable individuals and those affected by humanitarian crises. PPM’s relationship with GOAL began in April 2012 and there are now 18 employees at the factory who have been trained and educated in GOAL’s rehabilitation and drop in centre. In response to his visit, Ian Madigan explained how the jobs have completely changed their lives and commented on the camaraderie and feel-good factor among employees. Emebet Beshada joined PPM from GOAL in April 2012 and says “I am now confident and my life has improved a great deal”. PPM General Manager Tsedenia Mekbib describes the employees from GOAL as “Star employees”. She adds; “They are quick learners who are delivering high quality work. They have now progressed into the most complex operation of making dress gloves within a short period of time. They are all very enthusiastic and determined to learn more with great commitment” Community building in Ethiopia has always been a core focus for Pittards and we hope that the number of GOAL employees at the PPM factory will continue to grow over the coming years. To read Ian and Leo’s blog entry in full, click here Image: The players with their new leather gloves which were made the day before their visit.