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KBC Ireland to donate €80,000 to The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

23 June 2017

KBC’s unique Hub2Hub relay race saw charity partnership off to a racing start

KBC Bank Ireland’s charity partnership with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) is off to a racing start with staff raising €40,000 during a 600km relay race across Ireland and the Bank matching the donation, bringing it to over €80,000.
Members of the public and staff came out in strength to support the 60 strong relay team as they arrived at, and departed from, each KBC Hub during Hub2Hub. The unique volunteering challenge was a demanding 600km run, with KBC colleagues running day and night to complete the course in 10km relays in 60 hours to raise funds for the ASI.

Aidan Power, ‎Director of Customer, Brand & Marketing at KBC Bank Ireland, said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled with the amount raised for this great cause. All of those involved in the Hub2Hub challenge should be very proud of themselves and the dedication they have shown. The energy and positivity of everyone was astounding, regardless of the time of day or night. The work The Alzheimer Society of Ireland does in our communities is very important and clearly one that many people in KBC feel passionate about, with the amount raised being a testament to that. We look forward to working with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland into the future.”

Pat McLoughlin, Chief Executive of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI), said:
“We are completely blown away by the generosity shown by all those who donated. The Hub2Hub relay is a great initiative and very much aligned with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s ethos of mobilising people through grassroots activity. I look forward to building on the momentum of the success to date and raising even more funds to support those with dementia in partnership with KBC Bank Ireland.”
The determined group departed KBC’s Hub on Eyre Square, Galway, at 6.15am Friday, 16th June, and ran to Limerick, Cork, Waterford, Kilkenny, Maynooth, Naas and Greystones before crossing the finish line at KBC Bank’s Head Office on Sandwith Street, Dublin 2, at 6.20 pm on Sunday, 18th June.
The €80,000 generated through the relay run will make a real and lasting difference to the lives of people in communities living with dementia around Ireland and will help to support vital lifelines across a range of services including day care, home care, family carer training, social clubs and Alzheimer cafes.
There are currently 55,000 people who are living with dementia in Ireland. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is providing supports and services to people with dementia and their carers, including 52 Day Care Centres and one Respite Care Centre.

Donations can continue to be made via: https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/600km-hub2hub-relay

About The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI):
Founded in 1982, the ASI is the national leader in advocating for and providing dementia-specific supports and services and each year the organisation provides more than one million hours of community-based dementia-specific care throughout Ireland. 

The ASI provides the following services:
• National Helpline
• Social Clubs
• Support Groups
• Day Care Services
• Home Care
• Dementia Advisor Service
• Mobile Information Bus

Helpline: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland National Helpline is open six days a week Monday to Friday 10am–5pm and Saturday 10am–4pm on 1800 341 341.
Website: www.alzheimer.ie 
Twitter: @alzheimersocirl
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheAlzheimerSocietyofIreland/

About Dementia:
  • The number of people with dementia in Ireland is expected to more than double over the next 20 years, from 55,000 today to 113,000 in 2036.
  • Dementia is progressive. There is currently no cure. Dementia is not simply a health issue but a social issue that requires a community response.
     
  • Each year over 4,000 people develop dementia. That’s at least 11 people every day and anyone can get dementia – even people in their 30s/40s/50s.
     
  • The overall cost of dementia care in Ireland is just over €1.69 billion per annum; 48% of this is attributable to family care; 43% is accounted for by residential care; formal health and social care services contribute only 9% to the total cost.
     
  • The Alzheimer Society of Ireland National Helpline is open six days a week Monday to Friday 10am–5pm and Saturday 10am–4pm on 1800 341 341