ACI – The Financial Markets Association, was founded in France in 1955 following an agreement between foreign exchange dealers in Paris and London. ACI is now a leading global trade association representing the interests of the professional financial markets community. ACI is focused is on enhancing best market practice and supporting market participants to adhere to principles of ethical conduct. There are now affiliated financial markets associations in 63 countries representing 10,000 members worldwide.
Forex & ACI – Prior to the late 1990’s the Irish Branch of ACI was known as ‘The Forex Club of Ireland’ at which point it was decided to change its name to ‘ACI Ireland’. It was in those early years that the social side of the Forex Club began to develop with the result that in 1982 ‘The Forex Ireland Golf Society’ (FIGS) was formed. There are now over 100 golfers in FIGS from all areas of Dublin’s financial market community to include FX, Rates and IR Traders, Liquidity Managers, Bond Dealers, Treasury Sales Professionals, product and platform suppliers and market intermediaries/brokers.
Forex & Charity – Twenty-five years ago our Golf Society decided it wanted to do something for charity and the idea to host an International Charity Golf Challenge was founded. The following pages will outline in greater detail how this event has grown over the years.
Since inception over 50 different financial institutions and vendors to the Financial Services Industry have been represented with teams travelling from the UK, North America and Europe supporting a large number of domestic participants. Below is a sample list of teams that have participated in the challenge.
Bank of America
Bank of Ireland
Bank of Montreal
Bank of New York
Tradition New York
In the past twenty-five years over €1,250,000 has been raised and donated to various charities such as:
dyspraxia association of ireland
The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street
Temple Street Children’s Hospital
Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
IFSC Inner City Trust
People in Need Fund
St. Vincent De Paul
St. James’s Hospital
St. Vincent’s Hospital
new york times neediest 911 fund
Children’s Cancer Ward at Crumlin Hospital
Console, LIVING WITH SUICIDE
The Emer Casey Foundation
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) was founded in Ireland in 1844. It is the largest voluntary charitable organisation in Ireland. During its history it has helped people in need through a Famine, a Civil War, a War of Independence, two World Wars and several economic recessions.
Their focus is on practical approach to dealing with poverty, alleviating its effects on individuals and families through working primarily in person-to-person contact by a unique system of family visitation and seeking to achieve social justice and equality of opportunity for all citizens.
In addition to providing direct assistance to those in need, caring for the homeless, providing social housing, operating holiday homes and other social support activities, the Society promotes community self-sufficiency, enabling people to help themselves. Any assistance offered by the Society is given in a non-judgemental spirit , based on the needs of the individual or family seeking help.
The Society respects the dignity of those who contact us, offering assistance and advice when sought, maintaining their dignity while assisting them towards long-term self-sufficiency in a relationship of friendship, trust and confidentiality. https://www.svp.ie/Home.aspx
In 2006, Pieta House opened its doors in Lucan, County Dublin and since that day we have seen and helped over 30,000 people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm, and established twelve subsequent centres across Ireland. From humble beginnings, Pieta House has grown to almost 270 therapists and administration staff, and the demand for our service hasn’t let up. In 2016 alone, almost 6,000 people came through their doors suffering from suicidal ideation and/or engaging in self-harm, or to avail of suicide bereavement counselling.
As it has been from day one, everything is free of charge and their staff are fully qualified and provide a professional one-to-one therapeutic service for people who are experiencing suicidal ideation, people who have attempted suicide and people who are engaging in self-harm. A doctor’s referral or a psychiatric report is not required.
Pieta House are passionate about our life-saving work. As 90% of their income comes from fundraising events, they rely heavily on the support and encouragement of our volunteers and friends of Pieta. Pieta House also operates the Suicide Bereavement Counselling centres that had previously been operated by Console. They provide free counselling, therapy and support to individuals, couples, families and children who have been bereaved by suicide.
The 2017 Charity
In 2017 the Captain of the Forex Ireland Golf Society, Ger O’Brien was delighted to present Aoibhean’s Pink tie with a cheque for €8,000. The Captain also chose to donate €1,000 to Temple Street Children’s Hospital to assist them in continuing their great work.
Over the years sponsorship has come from many sources in a variety of different forms. It has come from the corporate world, the financial markets, and celebrities and from various hotels and restaurants in Dublin. The various ways of sponsoring are:
Outright cash donation
Donation of raffle or auction prizes, e.g. airline tickets, vouchers, memorabilia etc.
Supply of goods or services for free or at cost
Depending on the level of sponsorship, Forex will enter into an agreement with the Sponsor on the exposure they will receive during the tournament. In fact many of the teams that enter the competition also tend to sponsor parts of the event. Examples of possible exposure include:
Name/Logo on Welcome Letter
Name/Logo on Golf Ball’s, Umbrellas and/or Flags
Name/Logo on Tee Box
Name on Raffle Tickets
Name/Logo displayed at the Venue
Products and/or leaflets distributed
Sponsorship of goodie bags or refreshments on the 10th Tee
Any exposure is agreed in advance with the sponsor would provide any signage/branded goods. Previous sponsors include: ACI Ireland, Aer Lingus, Ardagh Trading Ltd., Bloomberg, Callaway, Cutter & Buck, EBS, Garban Intercapital, Hewlett Packard, London Irish Rugby Club, McGuirks Golf, Microsoft, Pádraig Harrington, Reuters, ASP1, RP Martin, MMI, Davy, Bank of Ireland, BNP and many of the financial institutions who send teams.
Over the years we have played a number of fantastic golf courses and in 2018 we will add Knightsbrook to the list.
The dramatic par-3 18th to finish
A Golf Hotel and Resort Knightsbrook Hotel Spa & Golf Resort is situated in the designated heritage town of Trim, just 35 minutes from Dublin City Centre. The 18-hole championship golf course was designed by former Ryder Cup Legend Christy O’Connor Jnr. Challenging and incredibly creative, the Knightsbrook Course enjoys a stunning location with views over undulated fairways, testing greens and demanding water features. Knightsbrook was the official host venue to the PING Junior Solheim Cup 2011 which ended in Europe and the United States drawing 12-12. On Monday, January 15th, the seventh annual awards ceremony of the “Golfers Guide to Ireland” was held at Portmarnock Golf”, Knightsbrook Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort in Trim, was awarded “Best Golf Resort in Leinster 2018”.