Dancing the night away for a great cause

Dancing the night away for a great cause
Mary Cody mary.cody@kilkennypeople.ie @marygcody

A charity that does trojan work around the city and county is looking for people to Strictly Come Dance.

The Order of Malta branch attends concerts, matches, charity events and other social gatherings and provides a vital medical service.

A major fundraising drive is underway by the charity who hope to raise €200,000 withing 12 months which will be used to find them a more uitable home.

“At the moment we are calling out for people to participate in our Strictly Come Dancing event which takes place in October. We are especially appealing to men to come forward to keep the numbers balanced.

“We will also be having a superdraw and both door to door and church gate collections. We are hoping to have a fundraising event every month,” said the charity's fundraising officer, Rebecca Murphy.

The Kilkenny unit has been established since 1939. All members are volunteers ranging in age, background and qualifications. They donate their time to teaching, training and providing their skills and qualifications for ambulance and medic cover for events and community projects.

As well as providing ambulance cover they also provide medic cover for suitable events. They also have a fully equipped bike unit for local walks and fun runs.

The charity receives no government funding and their work is completely volunteer-based. They are currently based in the old Auxilliary Hospital on Wolfe Tone Street, which is kindly loaned to us by the HSE but due to many reasons the charity urgently needs to find our own home.

“To secure a new home which will be suitable for the charity's needs involves raising a significant amount of money in a relatively short space of time.

“To help us in our fundraising efforts, we are holding a Strictly Come Dancing event in Cillin Hill on October 15. We urgently need sponsors, judges and participants for this event.

“I'm sure that at some point you will have attended an event in which the medics were provided by the Order of Malta Kilkenny Unit. If you appreciate the work that they do in the Kilkenny community please support us in any way that you possibly can,” added Ms Murphy.

For more information contact Rebecca on 0862888559 or email omacckkstrictly@gmail.com.