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Wednesday 24 July 2019

Henri Hippo wears a rainbow with Pride

Pride-themed Henri Hippo Rainbow pins will be sold in Ulster Bank branches in Drogheda, Ardee and Dundalk as the bank partners with BeLonG To Youth Services to raise funds for LGBTI+ supports.

100% of the proceeds will be donated to BeLonG To Youth Services, the national organisation supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex young people in Ireland.

The bank has commissioned special pride-themed Henri Rainbow Pins, which will be sold in branches throughout Louth, head offices as well as other locations across the country.

The 3D pins, which feature the bank's youth mascot hippo wearing a rainbow jumper, are available to buy now and cost €2.

100% of the proceeds from the sale of the pins will be donated to BeLonG To Youth Services, which supports AIM Youth Group and AIM Young Adult Group in Dundalk.

Commenting, Ulster Bank Chief Executive, Jane Howard, said: 'There are many, many reasons why LGBTI+ Pride Month exists. Every day all around the world, and here in Ireland, there are young people struggling to cope with who they are, the environment in which they live, or the situations they find themselves in. In line with our own internal culture of inclusiveness, we want to help in any way we can and that's why we are honoured to support BeLonG To Youth Services. They do crucial work, so get involved, buy a Henri Rainbow Pin, become an ally for inclusion and help support vital services for those who may be struggling with their current reality.'

A recent report published by the International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ranked Ireland 17th out of 49 European countries in terms of LGBTI+ rights. Founded in 2003, BeLonG To Youth Services supports over 45 LGBTI+ youth groups around Ireland.

Drogheda Independent

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