Uber celebrates first birthday in Belfast with Age NI and #UberGIVING

To celebrate Uber’s first year in Northern Ireland Uber has teamed up with Age NI to launch #UberGIVING to help its riders give something back to the city.

As part of #UberGIVING people in 20 cities across the UK will be able to order a special Uber to collect items for free which will then be sold in local the charity shops.

Cars can be ordered by requesting #UberGIVING in the Uber app between 11am and 4pm this Saturday (10th Dec) in the following cities: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Merseyside, Newcastle, Nottingham, Stoke, Southampton, Portsmouth, Sheffield ,York.

Items which can be donated include clothes, shoes, books, toys, fashion accessories and household goods. These will then be delivered to a local Age NI shop and the proceeds used to help fund the charity’s work to tackle the scourge of loneliness among older people.

The #UberGIVING campaign is taking place this month in a total of 83 cities and 36 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa to enable people to donate to different local charity partners.

We’re used to using the Uber app to get a car at the touch of a button – and get where we need to be. We’re proud to provide a reliable ride for the people of Belfast but, this Christmas, we want to do more. With a network of thousands of riders and hundreds of drivers, this week, we’re using our technology to help Belfast give back.

To get involved, simply:

  1. Open your Uber in app in any of the participating cities

  2. Select UberGIVING between 11am – 4pm

  3. Enter your address to request a car

  4. When confirmed, a driver will come to collect your donations for free

  5. Uber will then deliver donations to the closest Age NI shop

Giving has never been so easy!

Uber has experienced huge growth in Belfast since launching a year ago;  

  • since launching in central Belfast in December last year, over 50,000 people have signed up for the app in Northern Ireland.

  • the average time it takes from tapping a button to getting a ride has fallen from more than eight minutes to under four minutes today

  • licensed private hire drivers using the Uber app have driven well over 700 thousand miles – enough trips to drive around the world 30 times over.

  • riders from 71 different countries used the app to get a ride in Belfast in the last 3 months

Kieran Harte, General Manager for Uber Northern Ireland, said:

“I can’t believe it’s been a year since we launched in Belfast. It’s been a fantastic 12 months so we felt it would be great to help give something back. Age NI is such an important charity that helps thousands of people every year so we hope that our riders will want to help this worthwhile cause on Saturday.”

Siobhan Casey Director of Marketing and Business Development, said:

The income from Age NI shops helps fund the vital, life-changing services which Age NI delivers to vulnerable older people across Northern Ireland. We are grateful to Uber’s partner- drivers in Belfast for offering their time and transport to support our work.

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