BANK of Ireland staff raised over €51,000 for charitable causes in Kerry in 2016 through the bank’s flagship charity and community initiative, Give Together.
The charity programme gives Bank of Ireland staff throughout Ireland the chance to lend support to their chosen charities or causes through fundraising and volunteering.
Four flagship charities; St Vincent de Paul, Barnardos, Irish Cancer Society and Pieta House were supported in 2016 alongside over 880 community groups and local charities.
In total, just over €2 million was raised by bank staff across the country and over 1,000 days were volunteered this year.
A basketball blitz, Ring of Kerry cycle and sponsored head shave were just some of the charitable initiatives that helped Bank of Ireland staff raise just over €51,000 this year for local charities and community organisations in Kerry including; Down Syndrome Kerry, Áras Mhuire Nursing Home and Killorglin Sports & Leisure Centre.
Kerry was also one of the counties that featured in the Big Blue Box initiative which saw Bank of Ireland staff and members of the local community travel by bike through 35 towns along the Wild Atlantic Way in May, raising €80,000 in total for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Frank Shaw, Head of Bank of Ireland County Kerry said: “Bank of Ireland is deeply connected across the whole county of Kerry through its customers, branch networks, staff and community engagement programmes. It is significant that through the combined efforts of our colleagues and Give Together support that over €51,000 has been raised for charitable organisations and that many community groups and initiatives in Kerry have been supported.”