Convention bureau team up with KPFA
THE Kerry Convention Bureau is putting a spotlight on corporate social responsibility for event planners.
The Kerry Convention Bureau (KCB) believes passionately in the way Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives can enhance Business Events and has seen first-hand the positive mutual benefits that such activities can bring when organisations choose to integrate a CSR component into their conference or event when held in Kerry.
To develop available options for groups visiting Kerry, KCB launched a partnership with Kerry Parents and Friends Association (KPFA) in March. KPFA support families of people with intellectual disability across Kerry.
It provides Residential and Day services together with Respite and Home Support, Training for Life, Community Integration Programs and individualised services for more than 200 adults.
In celebration of this new partnership, Kerry Convention Bureau (KCB) were delighted to incorporate a CSR element in to its recent destination familiarisation program and use this activity to raise money for KPFA which could go towards purchasing items to furnish their community houses.
The program held in September showcased a range of engaging activity options for event planners bringing meetings, conferences and events to Kerry including the launch of Go Team Killarney, a bespoke teambuilding activity offered by the bureau’s newest member Orangeworks. This interactive treasure hunt around Killarney Town was tailored to incorporate Kerry Convention Bureau members, demonstrate event and accommodation infrastructure and capacities and included a series of challenges where for each challenge completed, the teams were awarded points which generated a total of €350 to be donated to KPFA.
KCB Sales Manager Becky Hargrove recently met with Marie Linehan, Chief Executive of KPFA to present the cheque.
“CSR engagement can make a real difference to a community by bringing about positive change and leaving lasting legacies” said Becky Hargrove,
“When event planners include CSR into their event programs, it provides delegates with an unforgettable opportunity to engage with the local community and give something back. KCB were delighted to be able to use the inaugural launch of Orangeworks Go Team Killarney product to put a spotlight on CSR and highlight the creative, engaging and meaningful ways this can be undertaken for events being held in Kerry as well as delivering a tangible legacy outcome from the weekend for our partners at KPFA.”
Kerry Convention Bureau Sales Manager Becky Hargrove presents a cheque to Marie Linehan the Chief Executive of the Kerry Parents and Friends Association.