May 29, 2011 – Alpha Bank Group Volunteer Day
8 Countries, 953 volunteers together, transform the vision into action!
In order to further sensitise the people of the Alpha Bank Group family on social and environmental issues and as part of the Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy, since 2009 the last Sunday of May has been established as the annual “ALPHA BANK GROUP VOLUNTEER DAY”.
This year, on May 29, 2011, volunteer groups comprising of members of the Personnel and their families carried out actions of a social or environmental nature in Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Albania and F.Y.R.O.M., thus promoting teamwork and cooperation.
In Greece, 140 persons participated in two different actions. In Attica, the volunteers along with their families undertook the embellishment and painting of the courtyard area at the Therapeutic Riding Association of Greece in Goudi. In Trikala, in Central Greece, a visit to the Special Therapeutic and Professional Treatment Shelter was made. During the visit, the Volunteers offered stationery and food supplies to the Shelter.
In Cyprus, 175 volunteers offered food supplies and other staple commodities to families with many children facing severe financial and other problems. Specifically, volunteers of the Bank and members of their families distributed food supplies and other commodities they had collected to ten families in Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos.
In Romania, 70 volunteers from the Bank’s Personnel participated along with their families in the embellishment of the exterior garden of the Straulesti Home for the Elderly which houses approximately 100 seniors. After finishing their work, the volunteers of the Bank and members of their families escorted some of the senior citizens to the Botanical Garden in Bucharest.
In Bulgaria, 113 volunteers participated in the Volunteer Day by organising activities in Sofia, Varna, and Plovdiv. Specifically, in Sofia a group of volunteers undertook to collect books for children under 12 years old. In all, 100 books were collected and subsequently donated to one of the city’s schools. In Varna and Plovdiv, groups of volunteers undertook to clean up specific city areas. The enthusiasm, teamwork and cooperation of the volunteers contributed to the success of the Volunteer Day, which was organised for the second consecutive year in Bulgaria.
In Serbia, more than 230 volunteers of Alpha Bank
Srbija a.d. who firmly believe in such actions undertook to clean up and embellish the “green” areas on the banks of the Danube River. Specifically, the volunteers mowed the grass, trimmed the bushes, planted trees and placed benches donated by Alpha Bank Srbija a.d. It is worth noting that this particular activity took place on the last day of the Mikser Festival.
In Ukraine, 50 volunteers participated in the “Alpha Bank Group Volunteer Day”. They planted trees in the city of Kiev and cleaned up a park, while another group of Bank volunteers participated in a friendly football match with persons with a disability.
In Albania, in the context of the “Alpha Bank Group Volunteer Day”, 15 Employees, volunteers of the Bank, visited a Home for the Elderly in Tirana, which houses 28 seniors. During the visit, they talked with the senior citizens and donated home appliances and other equipment to help improve their living conditions.
In F.Y.R.O.M., two different events for the Volunteer Day were organised, in which 160 volunteers participated. In Skopje, Employees of the Bank and members of their families visited the SOS Children’s Village and undertook to build, paint and donate an outdoor recreation area. Moreover, in 14 other cities where Alpha Bank a.d. Skopje is present, Employees of the Bank, in collaboration with the Red Cross, offered food supplies to families facing financial and other problems.
The active participation of all is a valuable contribution to Alpha Bank’s efforts for a better world, as it reflects the social responsibility policy applied in the Group while also promoting teamwork and cooperation.