Bankinter holds the 3rd edition of its "Involvement and Solidarity" programme.

This edition was attended by around fifty charity projects.

NGOs and Foundations from different parts of Spain attended the prize-giving ceremony.

Bankinter yesterday held the 3rd edition of its "Involvement and Solidarity" programme at an event in which NGOs and Foundations from different parts of Spain met to find out the five projects selected from among the fifty or so who applied in October.

At the award ceremony held at the institutional headquarters in Madrid, five prizes were given: Gold: €12,000, Silver: €10,000, Bronze: €8,000 and two runner-up prizes of €5,000 each.

The projects selected in each of the categories were as follows: Cáritas Bizkaia, with their "Full Life" project, won gold; The National Paraplegic Hospital Foundation of Toledo earned silver with the "Training, Leisure and Free Time" programme; and the bronze prize went to Fundación Bobath for "Support Technology".

The two runner-up prizes were given to APHISA for the "Taking a Long Stroll" project and to Down Madrid for "D-verde, our First Special Job Centre".

In his closing speech, Pedro Guerrero, president of Bankinter, praised the standard of the projects put forward and highlighted their innovative potential and the fact that they were "very much in touch with the reality and daily situation of the needy, some highly dependent on the efficient use of technology ... in short, projects strongly connected to the identity of Bankinter, making it very difficult for us to choose between them".

He also made special mention of the work of the volunteers "who give life to all these foundations and social projects, as this is where the best essence of the human being lies," he concluded.

"Involvement and Solidarity" is a 360º initiative that involves the different interest groups of the bank as participants in the programme: the customers who use the Bankinter Solidarity Visa card; the bank employees, who put forward different social projects; the company, which participates in the project and publicises it on social networks, and the institutional managers, who act as sponsors of the different projects.

This initiative forms part of Bankinter’s Sustainability Plan 2012-2015, which is called "Noughts and Crosses" and is intended to align the business with the management of the three business dimensions: economic, social and environmental.


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