THE KILKENNY Lions Club distributed the proceeds from their annual fundraising campaign to many deserving local organisations at a recent gathering in Bollards, Kieran Street.
Among the organisations to receive much-needed funds were the Aislinn Centre Ballyragget, Camphill Community Callan,
Kilkenny Carers’ Association, Mother of Fair Love School, Kilkenny Sports Partnership (Programme for Elderly),
Urlingford Day Centre (Senior Citizens Group), Danesfort Community Centre (programme for over 55’s), Ossory Youth (summer youth camp in Castlecomer), School of the Holy Spirit, Carlow Kilkenny Homecare and the Message in a Bottle Project.
The money was raised through the Lions Club’s annual fundraising initiatives and several other local organisations, including The St Vincent De Paul, Kilkenny Social Services and the Good Shepherd Centre have already benefited from an earlier distribution of funds.
The President of Kilkenny Lions, John Ormond, said that in the past ten years, over €400,000 had been raised and distributed in the county. The main source of funds was from the Christmas Hamper Appeal and he extended his heartfelt thanks to the Lions’ long term partners in this appeal, KCLR 96FM and the Kilkenny People.
John Ormond also thanked the local business community for their generous donations of goods and services for the auction and, of course, a special thanks went to the people of Kilkenny city and county who never fail to dig deeply into their pockets to help those most in need in the community. He commented that in these days of economic austerity, it was especially heartening to see people more than willing to help those less fortunate than themselves.