AIB branches in Wexford have come together to support 10 local charities and help provide direct funds to local community efforts. €200,000 has been made available to branches across the county (€1,000 per branch) as part of AIB Together, the bank’s community investment programme.
The Wexford charities which received support from this fund in include;
· Jack & Jill Foundation
· The Hope Centre
· Gorey Meals on Wheels
· Talk to Tom
· New Ross Community Hospital Ltd
· New Ross Meals on Wheels
· Wexford Rape Crisis & Sexual abuse
· Wexford Women’s Refuge
· The Ford Counselling & Psychotherapy
Speaking about the donations, Gaye O’Connell, head of AIB Wicklow, Wexford and Carlow said,
“The Wexford, Wicklow and Carlow AIB family, are proud to be part of the AIB Together Community Programme where we donated €11,000 to 25 local charities right across the three Counties.
As we all know, charities are particularly challenged this year due to Covid-19 as a number of their fundraisers have been curtailed. So with charity income down, our donations were especially well received and appreciated.
It is great to be part of an organisation that recognises the needs of our community. As Local Market Leader, it is a pleasure to work with such a great group of people who demonstrate such empathy with their local community in need.”
Separately, AIB has also launched a fundraising initiative to further support communities impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. As part of the AIB Together programme, partnering with AIB’s long-standing Community partners FoodCloud and Soar, in addition to Alone & Pieta House, staff can fundraise or donate directly into a dedicated AIB Together Fund. AIB will then match the fund for final disbursement to the chosen charity.
AIB has set itself a target of raising €1million from colleagues which will be matched by €1million from the business – creating an overall ambition of giving €2million to communities most in need right now. Over €337,000 has been raised so far, including the matched funding.
The bank has also recently made a donation of €2.4million to help with the research for a Covid-19 vaccine in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin, as well as entering a partnership with Trinity to ensure that 450 laptop devices were delivered to second level students who were unable to attend school due to the Covid-19 crisis. The Tech2Students initiative was begun by Trinity’s Access Programme in association with the charity Camara Education Ireland.
Founded in 2018, AIB Together provides a platform for staff to support charities and causes across Ireland. Each AIB employee is entitled to two volunteering days per year to support their chosen cause as part of the programme and can volunteer or fundraise for a charity of their choice or one of our core community partners.