THE importance of the annual Lions Club Christmas Hamper appeal was highlighted last week by the president of the Kilkenny Lions Club, Rodger Curran when he said the need for help was never as great as the recession hits harder and harder. Speaking at the launch of the annual fundraising drive he said that if people knew of neighbours, friends or anyone else living in poverty and who needed help to contact the St Vincent de Paul who distribute the proceeds of the Lions Club Christmas Hamper appeal on behalf of the organisation. He said that some people might be too proud to ask for help.
Launching the event which is run in conjunction with the Kilkenny People and KCLR 96fm, Brian Cody, manager of the Kilkenny senior hurling team echoed Mr Curran’s words and he praised the volunteers in all sectors who were helping to make life easier for those who were in financial trouble. He said the appeal was never as important as it is now. He said that once again the business people were bring asked to help and he said they should be supported. This theme was also raised by the Mayor of the city, Cllr Sean O’hArgain who stressed that it was never more important to shop local. He said that it was so important to keep the money in Kilkenny and to support shops and businesses who supported the Lions Club Christmas hamper Appeal and other causes.