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Thank you for Stepping Up


From the 11th – 20th October, we asked staff and volunteers from the Irish credit union movement to get involved in our first-ever CU Challenge – to ‘virtually’ walk from the League’s office on Mount Street, Dublin to the Foundation’s field office on Fort Street, Sierra Leone – 10 million steps in 10 days – to raise awareness and funds for the continued development of the credit union movement in Sierra Leone.


It’s no surprise that Irish credit unions went above and beyond the ask – walking over 36 million steps in 10 days and raising €31,882.01.


And the winners are…


Congratulations to the winning teams who walked the most steps over the 10 days…


  1. Carrickmacross Credit Union
  2. Enniscorthy Credit Union
  3. Roscommon Credit Union


Thank you to everyone who registered, got their steps up and donated. Thanks to Rooney Media for designing and sponsoring the winning plaques.



Thank you to everyone who participated in the first-ever CU Challenge
Frequently Asked Questions


What is the CU Challenge?

This is the first fundraising initiative undertaken by the Foundation, in conjunction with the Irish League of Credit Unions. We are encouraging staff and volunteers from credit unions to enter as a team and walk/run as many steps as you can, each day from the 11th – 20th October.


How will the funds raised be spent?

The funds raised will be used to continue to support the development of the credit union movement in Sierra Leone.


How does the Foundation support credit union development in Sierra Leone?

In 2012 the Foundation set out to support the revitalisation of the credit union movement in Sierra Leone and expand financial services to thousands of people in communities in Sierra Leone. Following the end of the civil war, only 10 credit unions existed, with 2,000 credit union members. Today the Foundation supports the local office in Freetown, there are over 20 credit unions, with over 10,000 members and a national apex body for the movement. The Foundation supports the education and training of credit union staff and volunteer to ensure efficient operations and good governance, which in turn empowers members and ensures more people are financially included. To watch a short video on our work click here.


The ILCU International Development Foundation is a registered charity, charity number 20024314.


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