The volunteers of Kilkenny's Civil Defence have been celebrated at a special awards night held recently at the organisation's local training unit.
Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council Fidelis Doherty addressed the volunteers, thanking them for their service to the people of Kilkenny and presented the unit with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the people of Kilkenny.
Civil Defence Officer Katherine Peacock said that, throughout the pandemic, the unit had completed 775 taskings, with 2021 being just as busy as 2020, including six searches totalling over 6,000 hours of volunteering. She said that some of the highlights of the work have been transporting elderly community members to hospital and doctor appointments all over the country, packing and delivering hundreds of care packs to different groupings especially the sensory care packs for children with disabilities.
Four members received 10-year, long service medals on the night and others were promoted for demonstrations of leadership.
The night concluded with an address by the Chief Executive of Kilkenny County Council Colette Byrne, who spoke of the importance of volunteerism and the value of Civil Defence to the community.
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