Con­ven­tion bureau team up with KPFA

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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