Bank of Ireland is coordinating a nationwide fundraising and volunteering effort to support St Vincent de Paul this Christmas as part of the Bank’s Give Together campaign. The charitable partnership was celebrated last weekend when Bank of Ireland hosted a Christmas Market in aid of St Vincent de Paul in College Green Dublin. Santa, a 40 strong choir and a bright array of Christmas elves were among the participants on hand to assist in the lighting of the country’s largest SVP Christmas Giving Tree – measuring an impressive 35 feet.
Give Together is Bank of Ireland’s charity and community initiative, and this Christmas, the Bank’s colleagues have worked hard to provide over 1,000 food hampers, 350 wish-list presents, and 400 hospital packs/ hostel bags to help SVP meet the need they face in communities across Ireland. The Bank is also encouraging colleagues to use their ‘Give Together’ volunteering day to volunteer with SVP locally to help support their work. During the past 6 weeks over 200 volunteer days have been used in support of SVP. All funds raised and items donated are being distributed locally by St Vincent de Paul in the lead up to Christmas.
Give Together – Bank of Ireland’s charity and community initiative – enables staff to lend support to one of four flagship charities, or support their own cause, through fundraising, volunteering or donating. The Bank provides one day’s paid leave for volunteering, and also makes a financial contribution towards employee fundraising. So far this year, through the combined efforts of our employees and Give Together support, over €2.7 million has been paid out to the benefit of worthy causes in every community where we do business and over 800 volunteering days have been used.