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The Alzheimer Society of Ireland introduce their first contactless donation docks thanks to KBC Bank Ireland

22 September 2017

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) is delighted to introduce their first contactless donation docks thanks to their charity partnership with KBC Bank Ireland. The ‘Tap to Give’ digital devices will offer the public a quick and hassle-free way to donate €3 to the ASI with a tap of their contactless card.

On Thursday morning the ASI hosted their first Women in Business event to mark World Alzheimer’s Day. The event also marked the launch of their new ‘Tap to Give’ docks. The donation docks, which have been devised by Elavon and sponsored by Mastercard, will be available to use at all of the ASI’s national fundraising campaigns including, annual Memory Ribbon Day, on the 24th of November. 

All funds generated from the donation docks will go towards the ASI and will help make a real and lasting difference to the 55,000 people who have dementia in Ireland and their families and carers. The ASI provides supports and services in local communities around Ireland and provides a range of services including day care, home care, family carer training, social clubs and Alzheimer Cafes.

The ASI was announced as KBC Bank Ireland’s new charity partner earlier this year. Over 60 KBC colleagues took part in a grueling Hub2Hub 600km relay race across Ireland to raise funds for ASI in June.  Over €50,000 was raised during the 600km relay race, with the Bank matching the donation, bringing it to over €100,000. 

Pat McLoughlin, Chief Executive of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) said:
“The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is delighted to partner with KBC Bank Ireland on this exciting new method of funding supports and services to the 55,000 people who have dementia and their families and carers across Ireland. We are very grateful to those who generously raise funds and donate to the ASI on an ongoing basis and now anyone who wishes to donate can now do so in a very straightforward way.

“The charity partnership with KBC Bank Ireland has been very positive for the ASI so far with the very successful Hub2Hub event last June bringing in over €100,000 for vital supports and services. The partnership gives the ASI an opportunity to not only raise vital funds for our services, but also to bring awareness of dementia, our advocacy work and information helpline to the wider community.

“The ASI is rooted in communities throughout Ireland with local day centres, our mobile information service and Dementia Advisers and with the KBC partnership we can ensure awareness of our work is communicated with an even larger audience across the country.”

Director of Customer, Brand & Marketing at KBC Bank Ireland, Aidan Power said:
“We at KBC are delighted to support our charity partner, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, in becoming one of the first charities to have the ability to accept contactless payments at six of their care centres across the country. So far this year, KBC have provided €100,000 in funding to support the great work being done by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. As a digital led bank, we endeavour to provide innovative solutions to our customers and partners. Part of this is ensuring that we support our partners not only by funding but also through the sharing of our knowledge and expertise. 

KBC are delighted to work with the ASI on the ‘Tap to Give’ digital devices. In doing so, we are enabling the ASI to receive donations in an easily accessible way that will reach the community of 55,000 people in Ireland who have dementia as well as their families and carers. ”

About The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI):
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 an umbrella term used to describe a range of conditions which cause changes and damage to the brain.
  • Dementia is progressive. There is currently no cure. Dementia is not simply a health issue but a social issue that requires a community response.
  • The majority of people with dementia (63%) live at home in the community. Over 180,000 people in Ireland are currently or have been carers for a family member or partner with dementia with many more providing support and care in other ways.
  • 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.
  • 1 in 10 people diagnosed with dementia in Ireland are under 65.
  • 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
  • Figures referenced to Cahill, S. & Pierce, M. (2013) The Prevalence of Dementia in Ireland