KBC Bank Impact in Action with the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland

At KBC Ireland, our charity partnership is a fundamental aspect of our sustainability strategy. Since 2017, The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland has been our charity partner. The partnership focuses on volunteering, fundraising and donations with benefits across both organisations.

Some of the main highlights of the partnership to date include:

  • Over €250,000 raised by KBC employees
  • KBC staff spent over 1,600 hours volunteering
  • Using the money raised;
  1. KBC donated “Tap to Donate” terminals – which are fundamental in maintaining fundraising targets in an increasingly cashless society.
  2. ASI launched their new website with KBC support. Our logo now features at the bottom of their homepage.
  3. KBC donated Android tablets for use in the various Day Care Centres (DCC).

Clients in Centres use the tablets to listen to music which can enhance their identity and emotional well-being. Day Care manager Gracey Corkery has said “Our clients at Bessboro use the tablets in various ways including listening to music, and playing word games. Some of our clients like to sit in a quiet area and listen to their chosen music often. We really notice that by using the tablets it brings them a sense of ownership and stabilises their emotional well-being.”

“The Android Tablets certainly add to the resources available. Physically, the Tablets are technology connecting the DCC and clients who come here to the 21st Century and also keep us up-to-date!”

The tablets have been used by over 2000 clients and ASI staff since March 2018.

Over the last two years, KBC funding has been used to fund the ASI mobile unit. The mobile unit has had more than 100 outings over the course of the partnership. The unit brings trained personnel and Dementia Advisers into the heart of local Irish communities.We are delighted that the KBC and ASI partnership will be extended until the end of 2019 and we look forward to achieving more over the course of the year.

“While fundraising is an extremely important element of our corporate partnership programmes, our partnership with KBC has become much more than that. With a busy 2019 planned we are really looking forward to continuing working alongside the KBC team on our campaigns and events. We have achieved so much in the last two years with the support from KBC and we hope to carry this through to 2019.” Mairead Dillion – Head of Fundraising The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

This partnership supports UN Sustainable Development Goal no. 3 and target no. 3.4

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