Matthew Somweber, Director of Operations, and Allyson Nordstrom-Geraghty, Director of General Services Administration at Arpin’s International Division, have joined The FIDI Charity Committee.
The FIDI Charity Committee, the charitable arm of the FIDI Global Alliance, works to support charity projects in underdeveloped regions where the FIDI community can make a tangible difference to the lives of those most in need. Selected projects are given a three-year commitment during which the FIDI Charity Committee organises numerous events and activities to raise funds.
Allyson Nordstrom-Geraghty said, “A huge hole was left at Arpin and within our industry with the unexpected passing of both Bob Sullivan and Mark Dearborn. Both gentlemen held charity and service to others in the highest regard and were involved in numerous charitable organisations, including personal charities close to their hearts, as well as Arpin Strong, and Mark’s role serving on FIDI’s Charity Committee. Matt and I both felt that joining FIDI’s Charity Committee was the only thing to do going forward.”
Laura Gannon, Chairman of the FIDI Charity Committee said, “Matt and Ally are highly respected professionals in the international removals and relocation community. They care deeply about our mission and the families we serve, and we are excited to have them join our Board as we continue to expand our global work.”
For the past three years, the FIDI Charity Committee has focussed on raising money for Operation Smile Honduras, a medical mission that provides children born with cleft lip and palate malformations to receive lifesaving surgeries. In 2019, the organisation was able to surpass its fundraising goal, having raised over $165,000 to benefit the mission. Once all surgeries have been completed, 330 children and their families will have benefitted from the donations provided exclusively through FIDI. The organisation is currently reviewing proposals submitted by affiliates to select its next charity project beneficiary.
Arpin Strong has also supported Operation Smile Honduras by selecting the charity as one of its monthly causes, raising $1,000 from Arpin Group employees and making several donations to help the organisation surpass its fundraising goal in the name of Mark Dearborn, following his recent death.
Photos: Allyson Nordstrom-Geraghty & Matthew Somweber