STAFF at Mount Juliet and Ballylinch stud in Thomastown have backed the enormous efforts of the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care team by choosing that charity to benefit from the use of a €20,000 Toyota Auris.
As part of the Cars for Good project operated by Toyota, the staff had the choice of donating the benefit of the car to a fitting charity locally. Three members of staff had direct involvement with the exceptional care, expertise and attention of the Home Care Team and it was an unanimous choice that the local charity accept ownership of the car.
Now what to do with it becomes the local committee’s problem but as Consultant Mr Ian Wilson pointed out - it certainly is a good problem to have.
Mr Wilson was in Mount Juliet last Thursday to collect the keys of the new Auris.
Managing Director of Mount Juliet Colin Donovan spoke on behalf of the staff at Ballylinch and Mount Juliet. He said Toyota Ireland had supported two charities in such a way last year in the Dublin area, and now the staff in Thomastown had the chance to show their support for a local cause.
There was a wide variety of charities involved, but the personal knowledge that staff members had of the Home Care team swung the vote in their favour.
“It’s a social obligation from Toyota Ireland and even in these difficult times it’s important that we support local worthy causes,” said Mr Donovan.
Mr Wilson thanked all involved with the donation, the staff and management of Mount Juliet and Toyota Ireland.
“Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care team is on the go 23 years and last year it cost €450,000 to run the charity. Nurses attend to patients usually at the advanced stages of cancer,” he said adding that he hoped a member of the staff could attend, but unfortunately their services are in constant demand and all were on call.
An indication of the impact of the Home Care team in Kilkenny over its 23 years was outlined by Mr Wilson when he said that patients as young as six months right up to patients in their late nineties have been attended to in their closing days by Home Care nurses.
Traditionally fund raising for the Home Care team is done at a local level, where communities gather and organise events from cake sales to tractor raffles to river runs. Now the donation of the car offers another string to the fund raising bow of the charity.
“It’s the first time that the car has been donated so we have to see what’s the best way to use it,” added Mr Wilson.
Mr Wilson said the funding of the Home Care team locally is linked to the HSE and that has endured constraints in recent years with reduced funding.
The HSE and the Irish Cancer Society helped fund the Home Care team, but there is an annual shortfall of €200,000 which they must fund raise for.
“We have had fome fantastic fund raising events that have been good fun for the communities involved,” said Mr Wilson as he thanked all the staff in Thomastown on behalf of the team.
Staff members then attended a reception. Also present was the Managing Director of Ballylinch, John O’Connor and Mary Mahony, Director Mount Juliet.