Mark Hennessy, site lead, Bausch + Lomb Waterford, attending a celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of the foundation of Children’s Group Link, was presented with a piece of Waterford Crystal in recognition of the part played by Bausch + Lomb in sponsoring events during the year as well as the contribution of employees since the leading charity was established.
“It is perhaps no coincidence that the year 1979, when Bausch + Lomb opened its doors to its first employees, was also the year that Children’s Group Link set out on its mission to help young people in Waterford,” said Mark Hennessy. “Since then, Bausch + Lomb and CGL have had the closest of relationships. I am pleased to say that along with our ongoing annual sponsorship of the POBAL project that we are one of the main sponsors of the calendar of events to mark this anniversary and we have been supporters of the great work of the group down through the years.
He paid tribute to the contribution of Brendan and Breda Halligan, who have been heavily involved in the organisation for many years; Mark Fenton, who is chairman and Seamus Conway who is on the board of CGL, Jim Bray, Shirley Russell and many others who are current or former employees of Bausch + Lomb – have all been major contributors to the success of both the CGL and Bausch + Lomb organisations.
“For any of you that have passed the Old Kilmeaden Road recently you will have noticed that we have started the construction of our newest expansion to the facility. Over the next two years or so we will add a further 150 jobs, taking the overall number at the site to over 1,500. This expansion will allow us to manufacture the next generation of contact lenses and the significant investment involved we set us on the path to ensure Bausch + Lomb remains a central part of the Waterford community for many decades to come,” added Mark Hennessy.