‘Go Green’ for the O’Neill Centre

BUSINESSES in Kilkenny are being urged to ‘Go Green’ this St. Patrick’s weekend for the O’Neill Centre.

BUSINESSES in Kilkenny are being urged to ‘Go Green’ this St. Patrick’s weekend for the O’Neill Centre.

The centre is appealing to the community to support the “Go Green” initiative aimed at raising funds for the O’Neill Centre (Enable Ireland).

Paula Rudkins, Services Manager of Enable Ireland says, “We are asking all businesses in Kilkenny to row in behind us and wear something green on Friday (March 15) and to donate €2 to the O’Neill Centre, alternatively they could hold a raffle cake sale or have a coffee morning. We hope people will join in the spirit of St Patrick’s weekend and get it off to a great start by helping a local charity while having some fun.”

As part of the fun, Paula hopes to have a best-dressed team competition and a best-dressed shop window to reflect the theme of the weekend – Kilkenny TradFest 2013. “We will run this competition through Facebook with some delightful prizes even for the best dressed window!”

On a more serious note, Paula explains why such support is vital and how fundraising is the key to provide services to the children of Kilkenny and their families. “The O’Neill centre is not fully funded by HSE and it is vital that we raise between €150,000 to €170,000 every year to ensure that established services here remain untouched, despite the numerous cuts inflicted on the entire health sector.”

She added that the O’Neill Centre is indebted to the people of Kilkenny for their generosity over the years but now more than ever the centre needs our support. All money raised through fundraising in Kilkenny remains here in the Kilkenny services; it is used to ensure that all services and resources are available to the children of Kilkenny who have a physical, sensory or learning difficulty.

“So let’s get into the Irish spirit of things this St. Patrick weekend - dress in green, one or all items of clothing, wear green hair or lipstick to “Go Green” for the O’Neill Centre.” she added. Each business interested in joining in will be given a pack to help organise their fun day. For further information contact 056 77 62326.