LOCALS in Skibbereen and Bandon were surprised last week to find little gifts of colour and hope pop up around the community on park benches, doorsteps and other unexpected places with a note telling them to follow their dreams.
The plants seemed to have been put there in the early morning and late in the evening when nobody was around.
Many posts on social media led to recipients wondering where they had come from, and by the end of the week it became clear that Access Credit Union was behind the drops as part of their new initiative to help members ‘fund their dreams’.
Elma Casey, chief executive of Access Credit Union said they have been helping local people and community groups realise their dreams for a brighter future for decades.
‘We have been through recessions and difficult times in the past, yet the power of local community wins out.
‘During this time we have listened to how our members have put their dreams on hold and how they are so looking forward to making them a reality. Listening to these stories led us to our launch of Funding Dreams. We want to help our members realise their dreams, because life is for living and now is the time. People have had a year to plan and our members have always been ambitious so we wanted to let them know that we are still here as we always have been, ready and willing to help.
To get the word out, they organised anonymous ‘plant drops’. These plants asked finders to take them home, plant them and watch them grow as a symbol of their dreams.