AIB branches in the Garden County have pulled together in an effort to assist eight local charities by helping to fund their community efforts.
€200,000 has been made available to branches across the county, with €1,000 provided per branch, as part of AIB Together, the bank's community investment programme.
The AIB branches in Wicklow town, Bray, Blessington, Arklow and Greystones were all involved in selecting the Wicklow charities to receive support from the fund.
The charities include Meals on Wheels, Loaves and Fishes, WH Five Loaves Ltd, Bray Lakers, The Gavin Glynn Foundation, Wicklow Cancer Support and Wicklow Hospice.
Speaking about the donations, Gaye O'Connell, head of AIB Wicklow, Wexford and Carlow said: 'The Wexford, Wicklow and Carlow AIB family, are proud to be part of the AIB Together Community Programme where we donated €11,000 to 25 local charities right across the three Counties. As we all know, charities are particularly challenged this year due to Covid-19 as a number of their fundraisers have been curtailed. So with charity income down, our donations were especially well received and appreciated. It is great to be part of an organisation that recognises the needs of our community. As Local Market Leader, it is a pleasure to work with such a great group of people who demonstrate such empathy with their local community in need.'
AIB has also launched a fundraising initiative to further support communities impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. As part of the AIB Together programme, staff can fundraise or donate directly into a dedicated AIB Together Fund. AIB will then match the fund for final disbursement to the chosen charity.
AIB has set itself a target of raising €1million from colleagues which will be matched by €1million from the business - creating an overall ambition of giving €2million to communities most in need right now. Over €337,000 has been raised so far, including the matched funding.