I HAVE never abused the privilege this ’paper has bequeathed, and after consultations with those in charge I am taking the liberty of asking every one of the GAA clubs, and any other interested parties, in the county to make a contribution towards a Social Service that has fallen on tough economic times.
Allow me to explain.
Every week for years, volunteers from around the county, many well-known to you and I, read the Kilkenny People from cover to cover. The news and views are recorded on tapes, and over 40 copies are sent out in the post to people who have difficulties with their sight.
I know that terminology is not quite politically correct, but you get my drift. Every month some 20 volunteers commit the KP to tape on a Wednesday evening, thus insuring that the tapes are with the recipients by Friday of the same week.
In true Kilkenny social awareness standards, this voluntary service stands upsides with most other awareness projects that propel Kilkenny and its voluntary organisations ahead of the pack on the national stage. There are no charges for the beneficiaries of the service other that the cost of production (tapes, recording equipment, postage), but the service was forced to stall prior to Christmas. Funding dried up, your see.
From what we can gather, the service is hugely valuable, and is so important in the lives of the people who receive their tapes week on week.
The reason I am appealing to every one of the GAA clubs in the county for a paltry donation of €50 is because I know that this column has a good readership among GAA people. Now if any other club would like to row in behind this appeal, so much the better.
Talking to Paul Kinsella, chairman of the County Board, he expressed a desire to be associated with the appeal, and he would hope that the clubs of the county would respond positively.
“I am well aware of the service being provided, and I can only laud the voluntary input by so many people. As chairman of the County Board I wholeheartedly endorse the appeal. I will be urging our membership to respond in a very positive fashion,” Mr Kinsella said.
Sport Editor at the ’People, John Knox was delighted to be associated with the project.
“It is a marvellous idea that is providing tremendous comfort to many of our friends who are visually challenged,” he said when he pledged the first donation.
I hate asking for money, but I feel that you, our readers, would love to help out in the provision of a cherished and meaningful service. I would appreciate if you would send your donations top me at the Kilkenny People, High Street, Kilkenny, marking it for my attention.
Go raibh mile maith agaibh go léir.