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26 May 2015

Bank of Ireland launches the Big Blue Box Volunteer Challenge – a fundraising event to support St Vincent De Paul

Galway girl Sile Seoige launches the initiative in Salthill 

 

Galway Girl Sile Seoige pictured here with cyclists from Bank of Ireland in Galway to launch the Bank of Ireland Big Blue Box Volunteer Challenge in aid of St Vincent De Paul. The initiative will run from the 5 until the 19 June involving 35 communities along the Wild Atlantic Way. The Big Blue Box will travel from town to town by bike with the aim of raising money for the local SVP with members of the local community and Bank of Ireland staff set to travel 1,237 kilometres in total. For information on how to get involved with this fundraising event please visit: www.bankofireland.com/BigBlueBox

Bank of Ireland has today announced a new fundraising event called the Big Blue Box Volunteer Challenge which will run from the 5 until the 19 June involving 35 communities along the Wild Atlantic Way. The Big Blue Box will travel from town to town by bike with the aim of raising money for the local St Vincent de Paul (SVP), with Bank of Ireland promising to match each euro raised in the local communities*. Bank of Ireland staff and members of the local community will travel over 1,237 kilometres and local fundraising events will be held in each town along the route. 

Inside the Big Blue Box will be a symbolic item representing each town, area or community; something that each community would like to share with their neighbouring town. It could be a jersey, a seed or a tree, a piece of art or a plaque or simply a message of goodwill that the local community would like to pass on. Members of the local community will be encouraged to nominate an item for inclusion in the Big Blue Box in their local Bank of Ireland branch as part of the initiative.

Speaking at the launch John Keegan, Director Distribution Channels, Bank of Ireland said; “The aim of the Big Blue Box Volunteer Challenge is to support local communities and raise funds for the SVP who do fantastic work across the West of Ireland. Bank of Ireland staff as well as members of the local community will be participating in the event and we are expecting strong involvement across the 35 local communities. All donations raised locally will go directly to support the work of the local SVP”.

Adding to this Sile Seoige said: “I’m delighted to be involved with the Bank of Ireland Big Blue Box Volunteer Challenge. I think it’s a fantastic idea to help mobilise communities across the west of Ireland to help raise money for a very worthy cause. I’d like to encourage local people to get involved with the initiative by participating, volunteering or donating during the activities”.

President of SVP Geoff Meagher said: "This is a great initiative and very much aligned with the SVP ethos of providing support on a local basis by local volunteers.  We would like to thank Bank of Ireland and its staff for choosing SVP as the recipients of funds raised during this initiative. SVP continues to receive many requests for help from families and individuals throughout the country and relies on campaigns such as the Big Blue Box Volunteer Challenge and public donations to enable us provide as much help as possible. We encourage all the communities on the route to get involved. It is a way of showing practical support for those in each community who continue to struggle financially and emotionally on a daily basis."

For information on how to get involved with this fundraising event please visit: www.bankofireland.com/BigBlueBox

You can also donate through Pay to Mobile sending a donation directly to 087 373 7282

#BigBlueBox

Notes to Editor

*Bank of Ireland will match up to €35,000 of all funds raised for this initiative.

LIST OF PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS AND TIMES OF EVENTS

Date

Leaving

Time

Arriving

Time

Date

Leaving

Time

Arriving

Time

Friday 5 June

Moville

11am

Carndonagh

12.30 – 1pm

Friday 5th June

Kinsale

11am

Clonakilty

12.30/1pm

Saturday 6 June

Carndonagh

11am

Buncrana

12.30 – 1pm

Saturday 6th June

Clonakilty

11am

Skibbereen

1.30/2pm

Monday 8 June

Buncrana

11am

Letterkenny

2pm

Monday 8th June

Skibbereen

11am

Bantry

1/1.30pm

Tuesday 9 June

Letterkenny

10am

Falcarragh

1pm – 1.30pm

Tuesday 9th June

Bantry

11am

Kenmare

1.30/2pm

Tuesday 9 June

Falcarragh

3pm

Bunbeg

4.30pm – 5pm

Wednesday 10th June

Kenmare

10am

Cahirciveen

2.30/3pm

Wednesday 10 June

Bunbeg

11am

Dungloe

12.30pm – 1pm

Thursday 11th June

Cahirciveen

11am

Killorglin

1.30/2pm

Wednesday 10 June

Dungloe

3pm

Glenties

4.30pm – 5pm

Friday 12th June

Killorglin

10am

Dingle

1/1.30pm

Thursday 11 June

Glenties

11am

Killybegs

12.30pm – 1pm

Saturday 13th June

Dingle

10am

Tralee

1/1.30pm

Friday 12 June

Killybegs

11am

Donoegal Town

1pm

Monday 15th June

Tralee

10am

Listowel

11.30/12pm

Saturday 13 June

Donegal Town

11am

Ballyshannon

1pm

Monday 15th June

Listowel

2.30pm

Ballybunion

3.30/4pm

Saturday 13 June

Ballyshannon

2.30pm

Bundoran

3.30pm

Tuesday 16th June

Ballybunion

10am

Kilrush

12.30pm + ½ ferry

Monday 15 June

Bundoran

11am

Sligo

1.30pm

Tuesday 16th June

Kilrush

2.30pm

Kilkee

3.30/4pm

Tuesday 16 June

Sligo

11am

Ballina

3pm

Wednesday 17th June

Kilkee

10am

Miltown Malbay

12/12.30pm

Wednesday 17 June

Ballina

11am

Belmullet

3pm

Wednesday 17th June

Miltown Malbay

2pm

Ennistymon

3/3.30pm

Thursday 18 June

Belmullet

10am

Westport

3pm

Thursday 18th June

Ennistymon

10am

Oranmore

2/2.30pm

Friday 19 June

Westport

1pm

Clifden

5pm

Friday 19th June

Oranmore

10am

Salthill

11am

         

Friday 19th June

Salthill

12pm

Oughterard

2.00pm

         

Friday 19th June

Oughterard

3pm

Clifden

4/4.30pm

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