International Credit Union Day to fundraise for Ebola

Tralee Credit Union's Castleisland branch office staff members, Fiona Madden (left) and Phylis Healy highlighting the Ebola Appeal Account at the Main Street office on Thursday afternoon. ©Photograph: john Reidy
Tralee Credit Union’s Castleisland branch office staff members, Fiona Madden (left) and Phylis Healy highlighting the Ebola Appeal Account at the Main Street office on Thursday afternoon. ©Photograph: john Reidy

Tralee Credit Union celebrated International Credit Union Day by highlighting this year’s theme “Local Service, Global Good” to launch their support for the Ebola crisis.

“The best way we feel that our ‘local service’ as a credit union can do ‘global good’ right now is to fundraise and get local support for the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Every time you watch the news or read a paper you see the devastation the Ebola outbreak is having on families and communities in the five West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Senegal.  Most people would like to help but are not sure how to go about it so we hope our fundraising account will encourage people to support this campaign and make a donation,” said Tralee Credit Union CEO, Fintan Ryan,

Tralee Credit Union has opened a credit union account called the Ebola Appeal.  All monies raised will go to Medecins San Frontieres Doctors without Borders.

“The support from local communities around Ireland is really appreciated by our staff who are on the front line of the Ebola epidemic. This week, another doctor and a nurse from Ireland have flown out to Sierra Leone where they will be caring for patients in the isolation centres and working in the community to do follow up contact tracing.  The conditions are extremely challenging and heartbreaking, but having so much support from people at home here in Ireland definitely helps. To find out more about the Ebola crisis and our work visit our website,” said Jane-Ann McKenna, director of Médecins Sans Frontières.

Donations made at the local Credit Union offices will go towards supplying complete protective suits, resistant gloves, rehydration salts to help treat infected patients and towards sending doctors to the field to treat Ebola patients in West Africa for a week.

Tralee Credit Union is calling on its own members and the general public to donate to this fundraising account.  Donations can be made by EFT from your bank /credit union accounts, or by calling in to Tralee Credit Union’s offices in Tralee or Castleisland.  This account will remain open until Friday 14th of November when it will close. If your company, school, club would like to join in and fundraise, cheque presentations can be made acknowledging donations to this account. For further information on this campaign and account visit.

Account Name: Ebola Appeal: IBAN: IE06TRRI99101605364205  BIC: TRRIIE21

Donate   Cash ● Cheque ●  Electronic Funds Transfers (bank/credit union accounts)

This account will close Friday 14th of November will all proceeds going to Médecins Sans Frontières

Information on International Credit Union Day and Médecins Sans Frontières

International Credit Union Day 16th October 2014. 

This Thursday 16th of October, credit union members around the world will celebrate International Credit Union Day, an annual event designed to bring people together to reflect upon the credit union movement and to promote its achievements. Today there is a powerful global network of 57,000 credit unions with nearly 208 million members in 103 countries. In Kerry and West Limerick there are 13 credit unions, each individually owned and controlled locally by their own members. Every credit union will celebrate this theme in their own unique way, with many events taking place in their offices.

The theme of International Credit Union Day this year is “Local service, global good

a clear and simple message to highlight the positive impact credit unions have in improving the communities they serve and their support of charity causes at local, national and international level.

Médecins Sans Frontières Ebola Emergency 

Staff numbers 3,014 Médecins Sans Frontières staff – Guinea (415), Sierra Leone (1,238), Liberia (1,370)
Supplies sent to West Africa since beginning of Ebola response: 673 tonnes of cargo.
Please note: numbers correct as of 6th October 2014, for the latest updates, please visit

Where do the monies go
€49    Can supply a complete protective suit, essential for all staff working in our Ebola clinics as they are at high risk of contracting the virus
€74    Can provide rehydration salts to help treat infected patients
€164  Can supply 50 pairs of chemical resistant gloves. These gloves are crucial as Ebola spreads easily through touch
€450  Can send a doctor to the field to treat our Ebola patients in West Africa for a week