Ulster Bank staff across Ireland are bringing a wellness message to life between 8th and 14th June by completing one of 30 5K walking, running or cycling events and raising €300,000 for 14 individual charities.
The 2015 One Week in June campaign will encourage staff to engage in healthy activities across the island including participating in 5K events from Bere Island and Belfast to Ballyhale and everywhere in between.
A special One Week in June 5k Challenge App has been developed where staff can input their stats, activity and progress toward this year’s fundraising target of €300,000 and a target of 10,000 kilometres can be tracked.
In a novel aspect to this year’s campaign this year, staff are being encouraged to ‘Run with a Customer’ at three informal ‘meet and run’ events planned as part of the healthy activities on Saturday, 13th June.
The charities that will benefit from the events taking place through the week are Barnardos, the Simon Community, the Irish Cancer Society, Depaul Ireland, Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice, Barretstown, The Irish Hospice Foundation, Marie Curie, Depaul Northern Ireland, CLIC Sargent, Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children, Barnardos Northern Ireland and Simon Community Northern Ireland
“One Week in June is our way in Ulster Bank of coming together to support a variety of causes and charities throughout the island of Ireland,” said Kevin Keegan, Head of Human Resources at the bank.
“From our Branch network, to our Business Centres and different departments we are ask everyone to get involved and take on the 5k challenge to help make this campaign bigger and better than ever.”
Adding his support to the campaign Alan Quinlan said “I am delighted to be supporting this year’s One Week in June Campaign. As an Ulster Bank ambassador, I’ve seen first-hand how supportive staff really are in raising much needed funds for charity, it’s truly inspiring. On a personal note charities supporting mental health issues are close to my heart, and I’m looking forward to completing my 5k challenge in June.”
Catherina McKiernan was also on hand to launch the initiative. “I think the Ulster Bank One Week in June 5km challenge is a fantastic initiative. It is a great way to engage staff and to help everyone stay fit and healthy, but also more importantly, a chance for them to play an active part in the community through fundraising. I’d encourage all staff to get behind their own charities but personally I’m a huge supporter of all the fantastic work done by the Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice and will be thinking of them as I run my 5km in June.”
One Week in June is part of an ongoing Ulster Bank social commitment across the island. Throughout the year people across the Bank give time, money and focus to local communities, in 2014 over €890,000 was invested through a variety of initiatives to support local causes and charities.
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