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Rainbow Club captures public imagination & votes to secure €5,000 prize
KBC Bank Ireland has revealed the results of a public vote to find the overall winner of this year’s Bright Ideas community support initiative, with Cork’s Rainbow Club for Children with Autism crowned the people’s favourite at an awards ceremony in Dublin last night. The Rainbow Club becomes the first community group to win the inaugural accolade of KBC Bank Ireland’s Brightest Idea, securing additional funding worth €5,000 to bring the project’s total prize fund to €7,500.
Based in Mahon, the Rainbow Club will use the €7,500 funding to equip indoor and outdoor spaces at the club designed to support children with autism and sensory difficulties. The areas, including a garden, will enable the children to mix in an environment created with their specific needs in mind and encourage parents and siblings to use the spaces as a place to relax and socialise together with other families and children, while receiving support.
Receiving their award, Karen O’Mahony from the Rainbow Club for Children with Autism said: “We’re delighted to win KBC’s Brightest Idea for 2015. It means so much to the Rainbow Club families we support, our volunteers and the local community, so thank you to KBC Bank and everyone who voted. The Rainbow Club provides therapeutic support for children with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, and much a much needed space for their families. The funding from KBC Bank means that the Rainbow Club can continue to flourish and make a real difference to young families in our community for years to come.”
Over 300 community projects applied to KBC’s Bright Ideas for funding this year. Entries were reviewed by independent judging panels at a local level. A total of 40 community projects were shortlisted for funding and shared in a pool of €100,000 donated by KBC as a way to support individuals and groups working to transform their communities. The judges’ selection highlighted ten projects – including the Rainbow Club for Children with Autism- to go forward to the National Final for public vote.
Wim Verbraeken, Chief Executive Officer, KBC Bank Ireland said: “KBC’s Bright Ideas programme has funded almost 70 individuals and projects over the last two years, helping to support their work in local communities for a brighter future. Our warmest congratulations go to the Rainbow Club on their outstanding project, which really captured the hearts and minds of our judges and the public. All the projects shortlisted are fine examples of how a little innovative thinking can go a long way towards transforming community life for the better. We look forward to seeing all our Bright Ideas winners go on to further success for years to come!”
For information on KBC Bright Ideas, visit www.kbcbrightideas.com
Bright Ideas is part of KBC’s Brighter Futures programme through which KBC helps customers, staff and communities share in a brighter future by supporting a range of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. KBC’s Brighter Futures programme supports a range of youth, education and community projects in Ireland. Our partners include Jack & Jill Foundation, Enactus and Junior Achievement Ireland