Eager to play its social role to the full and to offer real added value to the community, Belfius Bank and Insurance is particularly happy to give its support to the organization of the Special Olympics European Summer Games that take place in our country from 9 to 20 September 2014.
As a Belgian bank and a long-standing partner of the public, social and healthcare sector, Belfius has made combating exclusion in all of its forms one of its main priorities, not only through its wide range of products and services, intended in particular for hospitals, Public Social Action Centres, and so on, but also via the support it provides for projects and initiatives aimed at improving the well-being and the quality of life of patients, or as the sponsor of many local sports clubs throughout the country.
Therefore Belfius fully shares the philosophy of the Special Olympics, now being organized in Belgium for the first time, and the values of solidarity, respect and integration which these games are intended to promote.
On the strength of its locally anchored roots, Belfius will be actively supporting the "Host Town" programme within the framework of which host families in 50 towns and municipalities will accommodate the 58 European and Eurasian delegations participating in the games, thereby giving the athletes and those accompanying them the opportunity to discover Belgium and to meet the population, and in that way also contributing to the integration of the 165,000 people with mental disabilities in our country.
Moreover, in order to support the organisers of the Special Olympics 2014 in a concrete manner, Belfius has also decided, inter alia, to provide them, for two and a half years, with the services of a specialist from the bank to manage the financial aspects of this top-class international sporting event (budget development, risk management, insurance, and so on) as Chief Financial Officer.
This support at an operational level falls within the scope of the Community Services Centre programme through which Belfius undertakes, free of charge, to provide its expertise to various general interest projects emanating in particular from public institutions or the non-profit sector.