THE ongoing work by the Kilkenny Lions Club in helping various local charities continued on Friday night when another blockof money was given out. Eight organisations were the recipients of cheques from the Lions at a function in Bollard’s of Kieran Street.
The money came from the remaining funds collected through the successful Lions Christmas Hamper Appeal. The MC was George Candler and the special guest was Mayor Sean O’hArgain who presented the cheques with Lions Deputy president John Ormond. Mr Ormond pointed out that the Lions have distributed close to €450,000 over the past 10 years to organisations in Kilkenny. “All the money is raised locally and distributed to local voluntary organisations in our community,” he said..
He applauded and celebrated the exceptional work being done in assisting those less fortunate throughout Kilkenny city and county. “We cannot for one moment underestimate the scale of misfortune touching all of our communities and it makes all the Kilkenny Lions very proud to be able to help you in your work in some little way,” he added.
He thanked the businesses throughout city and county who year after year support the hamper appeal and other fund raising events.
He also thanked the public who buy items and contribute to the Lions Club endeavours. “Our sincerest thanks to our partners KCLR and the Kilkenny People who, without their generosity of time and resources could not make nights like this possible.
“I would also like to recognise Statestreet, Merck Sharpe and Dohme, Country Style Meats and Kilkenny Tennis club who have been loyal and generous supporters over the years. To Philip O’Neill and Marie Kennedy of Lions who went to great effort to make tonight possible – fantastic work thanks very much,” he added.
Mayor O’hArgain thanked the Lions for their excellent work over the years in providing financial assistance to so many voluntary groups in the City and County.
He congratulated all the recipients for their wonderful voluntary effort and the positive contribution they make to the lives of so many people in Kilkenny and their families.
The charities who received cheques were: Kilkenny Homecare Ian Wilson; Carers Association Pat Grogan; Larches , Callan Greta McLane; St. Patrick’s Boxing Club, Kilkenny Chris O’Shaughnessy; Mooneenroe Community Council Richard McKenna and Michael Doheny; Thomastown Community Centre Seamus Quigley; St. Canice’s Homes for the Elderly, Troyscourt, Kilkenny Geoff Meagher and Kilkenny Musical Society Seamus Reade.