At KBC we are partnered with The Alzheimer's Society Ireland (ASI). The ASI is our chosen charity of choice, voted in by employees. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) is the national leader in understanding and providing dementia-specific supports and services. With a national network of over 120 specialist services, 900 staff and 300 volunteers, each year they provide almost 900,000 hours of community-based, dementia-specific care throughout Ireland. We are proud to be partnered with such a worthy cause.
As part of our partnership, we complete skills sharing, support national campaigns, fundraise locally and supply digital solutions. Our employees lead our partnership developing multiple fundraising opportunities, volunteering at events and creating much needed awareness for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) and their services.
We have been partnered with the ASI since 2017 and we are delighted that the partnership will be extended until the end of 2019
Highlights of the partnership to date
Since 2017, KBC employees have raised over €250,000 for the ASI through various different events and initiatives and our employees have spent over 1,600 hours volunteering.
Using the money raised;
- KBC donated the “Tap to Donate” terminals – a key feature in maintaining fundraising targets in an increasingly cashless society
- With KBC’s support the ASI launched their new website , check it out here
- KBC donated Android tablets for use in Day Care Centres.
Day Care manager Gracey Corkery has said; "Our clients at Bessboro use the tablets in various ways including listening to music, and playing word games. Some clients like to sit in a quiet area and listen to their chosen music often.
The tablets bring them a sense of ownership and stabilises their emotional well-being. The Android Tablets certainly add to the resources available here in Bessboro DCC. Physically, the Tablets are technology connecting the DCC and clients who come here to the 21st Century and also keep us up-to-date!”
The tablets have reached over 2000 clients and ASI staff since March 2018.
- Over the last two years, KBC funding has been used to fund the ASI mobile unit. Through this support the ASI Mobile has brought trained personnel and Dementia Advisers into the heart of local Irish communities. The unit has had more than 100 outings over the course of the partnership.
- During the partnership we organised Hub2Hub, a bespoke fundraising event for the ASI.This challenge saw staff participate in a non-stop relay race visiting all KBC hubs across Ireland over 3 days and 2 nights. Press Release available here
As Ireland’s digital-first bank, KBC also looked at how new technology could help The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) with its fundraising. To make it easier for members of the public to pledge a donation, the bank provided the ASI with contactless donation docks.
The “Tap to Give” digital devices provide a quick and hassle-free way for people to donate by tapping their contactless ATM card. The terminals have already proven invaluable “on the go” as a fundraising aide at the charity’s Annual Women’s and National flagship day events. In the 5 months since the Tap & Give digital devices were introduced, donations to the charity have increased with customers donating on average €7 per “tap”.
Press Release available here
We're not stopping there, new fundraising initiatives, and plans for outreach and skills support are now in development for 2019. We look forward to another great year with the ASI.
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 Adviser Service
• Mobile Information Service
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.