• Pride-themed Henri Hippo Rainbow pins will be sold in Ulster Bank branches in Patrick St, Bandon, Douglas, Midleton, Wilton, Winthrop St and Mallow, head offices and other locations across the country
• 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 Henri Rainbow Pins will be available to buy now for €2
Ulster Bank is launching a nationwide fundraiser for Pride Month in support of BeLonG To Youth Services, the national organisation working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI+) people in Ireland.
The bank has commissioned special pride-themed Henri Rainbow Pins, which will be sold in branches in Patrick St, Bandon, Douglas, Midleton, Wilton, Winthrop St and Mallow, 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 UP Cork Youth Group in the City.
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. While, according to the 2016 LGBTIreland Report, LGBTI+ young people experience two times the level of self-harm, three times the level of attempted suicide, and four times the level of anxiety and depression compared to their non-LGBTI+ friends as a result of fear of isolation, fear of rejection and bullying.