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AIB awards €1.82 million to 546 local children's projects

AIB awards €1.82 million to 546 local children's projects

Voting for the 2009/2010 Allied Irish Bank Better Programme which closed earlier this year attracted 602,172 votes online and by text, double the votes received for the 2008 programme.

The Better Ireland Programme has given €17.85 million to projects for children in the Republic of Ireland since 2001.

For 2009/2010, the programme was broadened significantly to include all vulnerable children, such as those with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities, who are socially disadvantaged and children with terminal or chronic illness.

Following the voting 182 main AIB branches made €10,000 tawards to local projects. Projects have been ranked according to the number of votes they received; first place with the highest votes received €5,000, second place €3,000 and third place €2,000.

In all 546 groups were shortlisted for the public to vote on and received a share of the €10,000 at each of the 182 bank branches.

www.betterireland.ie

Paul Artherton has a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University and a MA Degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in PR and fundraising for over 27 years. Previously assistant director for fundraising and public relations at the Simon Community Northern Ireland for seven years, for the last 17 years he has run his own fundraising consultancy business specialising in fundraising, sponsorship, public relations and recruitment. His clients have included charities, private sector and public bodies. Examples include the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Simon Communities of Ireland, NI Hospice, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, Aiken Promotions, the Industrial Development Board and the Ulster Museum. He has lectured on voluntary sector management at Queens University Belfast Institute for Continuing Education. Since 2010 Paul has been a lay member of the NI Charity Tribunal.

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