Philip O'Neill, John O'Regan, Lisa Morris, Roger Curran, Dean Katharine Poulton, John Brennan, Brian O'Callaghan, Kieran Bollard, Celine Collins, Ber Cahill, Padraig Keenan, Noreen Lanigan
The Kilkenny Lions club keep on giving.
The altrustic group handed out another €30,000 on Wednesday night.
Brian O’Callaghan, President of Kilkenny Lions Club, distributed the proceeds raised from the Christmas Hamper Appeal and other recent fund-raising events to local organisations at St. Canice’s Cathedral.
Among those local organisations that benefitted were: St. Vincent De Paul; The Good Shepherd Centre; the Amber Refuge; The Church of Ireland and Kilkenny Social Services.
This year’s appeal was a tremendous success and he thanked the Kilkenny People and KCLR for giving so much of their time and resources in supporting the various Lions events.
He thanked the depth and spirit of the people of Kilkenny, both business and community, who contributed so generously and participated in this year's appeal.
He also thanked Maura Kenealy for use of her shop in Upper Patrick Street as a collection point for auction items.
He commended the members of Kilkenny Lions Club for their hard work and commitment over the year.
Finally he thanked all of this year sponsors and in particular, State Street International Ireland Ltd, Country Style Foods Ltd, PWC and Davy Private Clients.
Other successful fund raising events were – The Wine Fair, Schools Concert, and Carol Singing at the Rivercourt Hotel and Brian thanked everybody for their participation and support.
This Christmas will again be extremely difficult for so many in our community and Kilkenny Lions hope that the money raised will assist in reducing the hardship some families are facing across Kilkenny City and County.
He concluded by saying it was truly a great team effort and wished everybody a Happy Xmas and New Year.
On behalf of the recipients, Ber Cahill, Area President, of the St. Vincent de Paul in Kilkenny thanked the President and his colleagues in the Lions Club in Kilkenny for their support again this year. The Lions Club Hamper Appeal each year has been a great source of income giving us vouchers that we distribute to needy people and enable us to help meet the many demands placed on us at Christmas.
They expect over 500 families to seek its help over Christmas and an additional 500 families to seek help over the winter months. In the past 10 months the SVP has received almost 1,800 requests from families in need in Kilkenny. While their immediate concern is to help families avoid an empty Christmas, their longer term focus is on helping families to break the cycle of poverty.
In the run up to Christmas the SVP annual appeal message this year is “Christmas is not the same for everyone”
She concluded by expressing her sincere gratitude to the Kilkenny Lions Club, who are continued supporters of the St. Vincent de Paul and the other local organisations who provide donations and support in helping families in need with food vouchers in the run up to Christmas.