This Christmas, the Home Care Remembrance Tree project will be hosted by Rotary Kilkenny. It is the sixth year of this venture which it hopes will both capture the essence of the Christmas spirit and also provide a simple yet poignant way of remembering loved ones amid the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. The work done by the Carlow-Kilkenny Home Care team has touched the lives of many people in recent years and this project allows people to express their gratitude for that work.
Starting on December 16, members of the public are invited to write a personal message of remembrance on a ribbon and this will be placed on the tree in a colourful garland. While there is no charge, donations are welcome. The tree itself will be on the Parade and Rotary Kilkenny has organised stands at Kieran Street, SuperValuLoughboy, MacDonagh Junction and in Thomastown.
All funds raised will go, as in previous years, to the Carlow-Kilkenny Home Care team. Over the past number of years, since the project was initiated in Kilkenny, over €70,000 has been raised for this tremendous cause.
A spokesperson for Rotary Kilkenny said, ‘While this year’s Christmas will be tougher than before, and many people will have worries, the tree offers a moment of reflection and a time to remember loved ones in a special and simple way. We hope that people will take a look at the tree, with each ribbon having its own story of love and sadness, and that the true spirit of Christmas will be made evident for one special moment’.
A short ecumenical Remembrance Service will be held on Christmas Eveat 11.00am at the Tree on the Parade. Bishop Séamus Freeman and Bishop Michael Burrows will be present along with Kilkenny Gospel Choir.
This year is the sixth HomeCare Remembrance Tree in Kilkenny and the organisers, Rotary Kilkenny, say that they are both delighted and humbled at how a simple idea has become such an integral part of the Kilkenny Christmas landscape.