Mayor Peter Cleere, Cathaoirleach Eamon Aylward, Lions President Philip Tierney and Brian Cody with Lions members (left) and above with guest of honour Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody
The Lions “Spirit of Christmas Hamper Appeal” was launched on the 1st October in City Hall by the Mayor Peter Cleere, Cathaoirleach Eamon Aylward, Brian Cody and Lions President Philip Tierney.
At the launch, Cathaoirleach Eamon Aylward congratulated the Lions Club for the positive contribution they make in Kilkenny. He referred to the various fundraising activities by the Lions Club in the run up to the Christmas period, which includes the Hamper Appeal, Schools Concert, Wine Fair and the Street Collection. He said that over the past 15 years, over €600,000 has been raised by Lions and distributed to over 60 local organisations in the City and County. All of the money raised is distributed locally and as Cathaoirleach , he knows how appreciative the local organisations are when they receive an allocation from Lions. He commended KCLR and the Kilkenny People for supporting this appeal and he also thanked the Business community and the People of Kilkenny for their support over the years.
Mayor Peter Cleere welcomed everybody to the launch and commended the Lions Club for all their hard work and commitment over the years. He referred to the live auction on KCLR on the 4th, 5th and 6th December and the farm auction on the 29th November and 6th December and wished both auctions every success. He complimented all the voluntary organisations in Kilkenny who work so hard in their communities and that deserve our full support. The money raised goes to well deserved organisations such as the St. Vincent De Paul.
Brian Cody said he was privileged and proud to be involved with the Lions Christmas Hamper Appeal. The funds raised assist local organisations who do such great work. He thanked the Business people who donate the goods to be auctioned. Even though there are so many calls on them the Kilkenny business community constantly come forward in a generous way. He also thanked the people of Kilkenny for supporting the appeal and said that this shows the great community spirit in Kilkenny. He thanked KCLR and the Kilkenny People who do such good work in promoting the appeal.
Philip Tierney, President Kilkenny Lions, thanked everybody for coming to the launch of the Appeal which is now in its 27th year. He thanked the Cathaoirleach Eamon Aylward, Mayor Peter Cleere and Brian Cody for lending their support and for launching the appeal with him. By us all coming together, putting in an effort, and making a contribution, we are enhancing our community and making it a better and nicer place to live in. He thanked KCLR without whose help the auction would not be a success. He also thanked the Kilkenny People for all their help in advertising the auction items.
The people of Kilkenny, the businesses, shops and companies show a deep spirit of generosity and kindness for which the Lions Club are extremely thankful. He concluded by hoping that the 2018 Spirit of Christmas Appeal will be the biggest and most successful to date.