A last push for funding for the St Vincent De Paul will take place on Thursday from 3pm until 5.30pm at the Town Hall. The charitable society is seeing unprecedented demand from its service and in an attempt to help those in need the SVP is holding a concert on Thursday afternoon.
The head of the local branch of the SVP said that while they continue to receive great support from their annual church gate appeal they were being forced to look at new sources of funding to meet the growing demand on their services. “We are using alternative collection methods this year. Demands are increasing so we’re trying to open up new streams of funding,” said Mr Heffernan.
The fund raising drive in the Town Hall is the first time that the SVP has taken to the streets with music and buckets to drum up funds. SVP volunteers will be joined by the band Four Penny Rock from 3pm until 4pm and from 4pm onwards The Rafter Family will be providing the entertainment as volunteers from local secondary schools help collect money. Mr Heffernan said he hopes there will be a festive atmosphere around the town.
The SVP is doing its best to ensure that all families have a Christmas that they can celebrate. The SVP toy appeal was so successful that Mr Heffernan said that “Santa has been sorted.” He encouraged anyone that is worried about but providing toys for the children t contact the SVP because they still have some toys left.
Despite the good news in rural areas of the county Kilkenny there is still a shortage of funding. Mr Heffernan said that rural parts of the county were poorly funded. In particular he said that Hugginstown, Kilmoganny and the Rower Inistioge were troubled areas of the county.
The single biggest cost facing people in need of the SVP’s assistance is fuel. “We didn’t have anyone die from the extreme weather last year and we’re trying to make sure no one dies from fuel poverty this year,” said Mr Heffernan.
He said that he has seen people resorting to drastic measures this year, with many people buying heating oil in five and ten gallon drums. Another method being used is to place the home eating oil tank on a slant to make sure that every last drop of oil trickles into the burner. Mr Heffernan said that the SVP won’t pay to fill an oil tank but they will contribute towards the cost of a full tank.
The SVP the also distributed the European cheese to people in Kilkenny as part of food hampers to homes across Kilkenny last week.
If you are in need of the SVP’s assistance you can contact them through their shop, Freds Fashions, located in the Butts. Alternatively you can contact them on SVP@eircom.net