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UNICEF and Frank Keane BMW partner on fleet of i3s

As part of a new affiliation with UNICEF Ireland, Frank Keane BMW tells us that it has taken five BMW i3’s to support the organisation in raising much-needed funds. They will also help to create greater awareness in Ireland for the provision of humanitarian aid to children in developing countries. It adds that for UNICEF Ireland, the partnership represents an innovative way to keep fleet costs to a minimum, and also achieving emission-free mobility.

Pictured (l-R) at the handing over of 5 BMW i3s by Frank Keane BMW to UNICEF were Paulo Alves, Managing Director, BMW Group Ireland, Paul Connolly, Chairman, UNICEF Ireland and Frank Keane.

This announcement coincides with Frank Keane BMW becoming an official BMW i Agent and marks a new chapter in the company’s 50th year of association with BMW.

So, in addition to presenting five vehicles, BMW Frank Keane have committed to supporting UNICEF Ireland by donating €15 to UNICEF for every new car purchased and up to €5 for every service. Each customer of the Blackrock and Naas Road branches will also be given the opportunity to match the donation.

Frank Keane BMW has agreed to supply the fleet at below market rates in recognition of UNICEF’s important work. One of the key reasons BMW i was chosen by UNICEF Ireland as the most suitable vehicle partner is due to BMW Group’s approach environmental and social sustainability throughout entire life cycle of its cars from start to finish as it is takes more than just zero-emission motoring to drive sustainable change in the world.

This approach includes everything from the extraction of raw materials and manufacture, through usage to recycling, in order to take account of all environmental aspects. For example, up to 95 per cent of the BMW i3 is recyclable and the manufacturing process of the BMW i3 is from green power such as wind turbines and one of the world’s largest hydroelectric plants. In fact, the BMW Group have consistently been the automotive sector leader or the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI). The BMW Group is also the only one of the three automobile manufacturers listed to feature in the renowned index every year since 1999.

Pictured (L-R) were Mark Bradley, Head of Business Frank Keane Naas Road, Paulo Alves M.D. BMW Group Ireland and Mark Colbert, Head of Business Frank Keane Blackrock.

“UNICEF Ireland is constantly seeking new and innovative ways of helping children, this partnership is an excellent example. UNICEF is 70 years in operation, while Frank Keane BMW is celebrating its 50th Anniversary – together we will use the skills and knowledge we have acquired in our respective fields to achieve breakthrough change for children”, said Peter Power, Executive Director, UNICEF Ireland.

Frank Keane BMW, who recently celebrated its 50th year of association with BMW is now embarking on expansion as a BMW i Agent. Dedicated sales and servicing facilities for BMW i models, including the i3, i8 and iPerformance models have been established at the Naas Road and Blackrock locations.

“We are excited to be embarking on a new chapter with the BMW i brand and the partnership with UNICEF who are leading by example. This fleet of i3’s will provide emission free driving with a pure electric range of 130kms in real-world driving conditions and will certainly be eye catching on our roads” said Mark Bradley, Head of Business at Frank Keane BMW.