Bank of Ireland staff help local charities to the tune of €41,000

Brian Carey, Bank of Ireland - the bank is deeply connected to deserving causes in the city and county.

Brian Carey, Bank of Ireland - the bank is deeply connected to deserving causes in the city and county.

Bank of Ireland staff raised more than €41,000 for charitable causes in Galway in 2016 through the bank’s flagship charity and community initiative, Give Together.

The charity programme gives the bank’s staff throughout Ireland an opportunity to lend support to their chosen charities or causes through fundraising and volunteering.

A sponsored walk, mini marathon, golf classic and 8km run were just some of the charitable initiatives that helped Bank of Ireland employees raise more than €41,000 last year for local charities and community organisations in Galway including; Cope Galway, Cancer Care West, The Samaritans, and MADRA.

Galway 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.

Brian Carey, the head of Bank of Ireland in Galway city, said the bank is “deeply connected” across the whole county of Galway 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 €41,000 has been raised for charitable organisations.”

Tomas Diskin, the head of Bank of Ireland in County Galway, stated that through Give Together, Bank of Ireland has enabled staff throughout Galway to support a wide range of community groups and initiatives by fundraising, volunteering and donating.

“It is substantial that through the Give Together programme over €2 million has been raised for charities nationwide and over 1,000 volunteering days have been used.”

Four flagship charities; St Vincent de Paul, Barnardos, the Irish Cancer Society and Pieta House were supported in 2016 alongside more than 880 community groups and local charities as part of the national Bank of Ireland initiative. In total, more than €2 million was raised by bank staff across the country and more than 1,000 days were volunteered.

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