THE importance of the annual Lions Club Christmas Hamper appeal was highlighted last week when new figures showed that the St Vincent de Paul is struggling to meet the increase demands placed upon it by the recession. The appeal run in conjunction with the Kilkenny People and KCLR 96fm was launched by Kilkenny senior hurling manager Brian Cody, who said the strength of the initiative and the reason for its success over a long number of years was the huge voluntary effort put in by all those involved.
He was supported in his comments by Mayor David Fitzgerald, who said the need for volunteerism was never as important as now and he thanked all the partners in the appeal for their hard work, especially the Lions Club who do great work all through the year for the less well off.
John Ormonde of the Lions Club thanked local businesses for getting behind the appeal and giving it “unreserved support” over many years.
All the money raised is distributed those in need locally with the majority channelled through the St Vincent de Paul and other local charities.
“With the ongoing recession and and increased unemployment we expect even grater charitable dependency this year,” he said.