Wexford Lions Club hosts ‘Caring For Carers’ Weekend at Ballyvaloo
Wexford Lions Club hosted their third annual ‘Caring for Carer’s’ weekend in Ballyvaloo, Blackwater recently. The weekend was attended by 26 carers from counties Dublin, Kildare, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow, with Lions Clubs in each area sponsoring their guests stay at the sea side venue.
Guests were greeted by Mayor Frank Staples, who acknowledged the role Carer’s play in our community and the work they do, saying ‘You take on a responsibility that doesn’t operate Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, but more often, a twenty four/seven role which can be very rewarding but also overwhelming at times’. He thanked the Lions Club for their work throughout the year and their recognition of some of the most valuable people in our communities.
President of Wexford Lions Club, Dan Redmond joined the Mayor in welcoming the guests and reminded them that the weekend was all about hem; ‘You are often forgotten for the work you do. Wexford Lions Club is privileged to host this weekend for you.’ He went to thank the organising committee, headed by Lion Trina Barnes, and the club as a whole for the work put into organising the weekend.
Guests enjoyed live music on Friday and Saturday night as well as presentations from an IT specialist and motivational speaker Bob Carley. His two hour talk left the group feeling encouraged and rejuvenated. Guests also enjoyed group and individual sessions with a refloxolgist, beautician, fashion advisor and counsellor.
The camaraderie between the Carer’s and opportunity to swap stories with people in a similar position had a very positive effect on all the guests. One guest summed up the feeling of the group when she said “‘We were treated like dignitaries; it was such a happy time and will have an everlasting effect on all who attended.”
The Caring for Carer’s weekend is held in Sligo and Wexford on an annual basis, with Lions Clubs across the country sponsoring guests to attend. The next Wexford weekend will be in the Autumn of 2017. This and similar events hosted by the Lions Club are provided for from public donations. 100% of donations to Lions Clubs is spent on projects with the club members meeting administration costs through an annual membership fee.
On behalf of the Caring for Carer’s guests, the Lions Club would like to thank everyone who donates to their local club, enabling them to continue to serve their local community.
WALK FOR WEXFORD with the Lions Club
Wexford Lions Club are hitting the highways and byways of the County to raise money for a variety of local community projects. Their ‘Walk for Wexford’ takes place over the weekend of August 26 – 28 and they are inviting the public to join them.
The sponsored walk has been the main fundraiser for Wexford Lions Club for over a decade and has evolved over the years into three quite different routes over the course of a weekend. The first, on Friday 27th, starts at 10pm at the Winning Post, Curracloe and leads walkers through the Raven Forest. Saturday the 28th starts off at 10am from the Forestry Carpark (near the Regal Lodge), taking in the Three Rocks, the Quarry and some of the Forestry Road. This is the most challenging walk of the weekend. The final walk on Sunday 29th again starts at 10am but at medieval Tintern Abbey, traversing through the famous Colclough’s Walled Garden and on to Bannow Bay before returning to the Abbey. Each walk will take approximately 2 ½ hours and all are suitable for beginners as well as the more seasoned walker. Walkers can participate in all three walks or just attend one to suit their weekend plans.
President Dan Redmond said ‘Without the funds raised from the sponsored Walk for Wexford, we as a Club would be unable to deliver a number of the services we currently provide in the local community’. District Governor Paul Allen explained ‘A fundamental principle of Lions Clubs is that all overheads and administration costs are paid by members so that every cent collected can go directly to projects and causes’. Funds from the Walk for Wexford will assist with a respite weekend for Carer’s in October, provide equipment to local community groups, go toward the Christmas Hamper Appeal and assist in funding a variety of other projects over the next twelve months.
Sponsorship cards are available from club members and at Westgate Design, Main Street, Wexford. Walkers are advised to wear suitable footwear and, if attending the night time walk at the Raven, to have a torch. The Walk for Wexford is supported by Wexford Civil Defence and Equine Search & Rescue.
Pictured : Johnny Furlong, Ger Cashman, President Dan Redmond & Immediate Past President Willie Roche.
THE BIG SLEEP OUT
Christmas and the Lions Club, to many people, go hand in hand. This is the time of year when Lions across the country ramp up their fundraising activities and fulfil the Lions motto ‘We Serve’. Families facing economic hardship are presented with Christmas Hampers or shopping vouchers, children receive gifts, hospital visits are made and the elderly visited and entertained. None of this is possible without the assistance of the local community who have supported the Lions since their introduction to Ireland in 1955.
This Christmas, Wexford Lions Club will have their usual fundraising activities, a street collection, the Tombola in Dunnes Stores, Christmas Cards and the much loved ‘Elf Socks’. This year, a new fundraiser will take place on December 5th. Local man, Nigel Conway, will be staging a ‘sleep out’ on Saturday night, December 5th to raise funds for and awareness of homelessness in our local community.
Nigel is no stranger to voluntary work and fundraising having spent time working on charitable projects in the slightly warmer climates of Ethiopia and the Philippines. Wexford’s Bullring on a cold December night will add a new element to his endeavours. ‘My mam, Hilda, is in the Lions Club in Wexford and I wanted to do something to highlight the work the organisation does in the town and hopefully, raise a bit of money along the way’ the secondary school teacher says. Teaching in Dublin, Nigel oversees the St Vincent de Paul at his school and has led his students in numerous charitable activities. ‘I am hoping a few of my Wexford friends will join me on the night; Mark Mahoney and Conor Ryan, who’s mam is also a Lions Club member, have agreed to pitch in and we are working on a few others!’.
Nigel, Conor and Mark will be in Wexford’s Bullring on Saturday night, December 5th along with members of the Lions Club and hope that passing revellers might spare a thought, and a few euro, for them in their endeavours. As with all Lions Club projects, 100% of money donated will be utilised on projects; no administration costs are taken from donations as members self fund this aspect of the organisation.
For further information on the Lions Club, find them on Facebook or their website – www.wexfordlionsclub.ie
WALK FOR WEXFORD takes place at the end of this month with three very different walks for you to choose from –
Friday 28th – an annual favourite – a night time trek through the Raven forest, starting at 10pm
Saturday 29th – new this year, the ‘Three Rocks Walk’. Starting at 10am, a scenic, challenging walk through the forest and old quarry at Forth Mountain.
Sunday 30th – starting at 10am, an historical walk through Tintern Abbey, the Colclough Walled Gardens and Bannow Bay.
As with all our fundraising, 100% of money raised from this epic event will be spent on Lions club projects.
Cards are available from Westgate Design and club members.
Pick one or do all three!!
Thanks in advance for your support.
Wexford Lions Club Dunnes Stores Raffle Day
Sunday 21st December
Wexford Lions Club Christmas Street Collection
Saturday 13th December
Wexford Lions Club Food Appeal
On the 5th and 6th December at all Tesco Stores around the country, you’ll meet members of the Lions Club with their friends and family.
Wexford Lions Club will be at Tesco Wexford for our Christmas Food Appeal
We are appealing to you to purchase one or two extra items while doing your groceries this weekend and donate them to the Christmas Food Appeal.
All food collected is distributed locally; Wexford Lions Club liaise with the St Vincent de Paul, the Women’s Refuge, Ozanam House, school breakfast clubs and other organisations in the town and surrounding areas.
We are delighted to have the might of Tesco’s support at this time of year. The stores have confirmed that they will top up all donations by a massive 30%
You know what they say…. ‘Every Little Helps’!!
Thank you to everyone for their donations. To the staff at Tesco-Bravo!! You are all stars! Thanks too to our members, friends and families for giving up their time this weekend
You managed to donate over € 2,100 in food and cash at Tesco Wexford
That’s a lot of ‘every little helps’!
Wexford Lions Club Liberia Appeal
The Alfred and Agnes Memorial Centre for Children is situated in Brewerville, Liberia. The centre provides accommodation, education and a clinic for the resident children and local community.
The Centre needs urgent financial assistance to get them through the next few months due to the outbreak of Ebola in the West African country. Roadblocks are everywhere; the country is on lock down in an attempt to minimise the spread of the virus. The Centre’s farm cannot be accessed and the cost of food is rising due to the difficulties with transport..
Money donated will be wired directly to the Centre and used to purchase staples such as rice.
The Centre has strong connections with Wexford; Fr Pat Mernagh was stationed nearby with the Irish UN Peacekeeping forces. He introduced Wexford Aid Worker Padraig Grant to the administrators and a link with Wexford was formed.
Donations from Wexford enabled the Centre’s administrators to become self sufficient with a clinic, school, improved living accommodation and a farm. The farm is used to provide a variable diet for the children and adults at the Centre and also to create an income; crops are sold to the local community and profits re-invested. Located 4 hours away near the border with Guinea the farm is vital to the centre as a source of food and income from the re-sale of crops.
Over the years, Padraig has maintained the friendship with the Centre and it’s administrators, brothers Adonis and Jerome Pedersen and their sister, Evita; it was they who alerted Padraig to the impending crisis.
Please support this appeal in any way possible, with a cash donation or by holding your own fundraising event. Contact us for further information.
Liberia Fundraising Events
So what have you been doing to raise much needed funds for the Liberia Appeal ?? We have been busy as you can see below
We have a limited number of author Eoin Colfer’s ‘The Time Paradox’ for sale, signed by the Author.
No.6 in the Artemis Fowl series, copies are available from Padraig Grant at his Rowe Street Gallery.
We weredelighted to be part of the fund raiser for the Liberia Ebola Appeal on 4th October – a Cake Sale hosted by Spectrum Art & Framing in Selskar.
The cake sale did a roaring trade which included a raffle.
Not a crumb was left and a whopping €840 was raised in total.
Thanks again to Trish and her husband Tony of Spectrum Art & Framing for hosting this event while running their own business, to all the bakers, to Deirdre and Sorcha Finn for their sales skills and to the local businesses who sponsored prizes and items for sale. and to Paula Malone Carty who donated beautiful photo cards for the raffle.
KNITTING you may ask !! Our family and friends have picked up their knitting needles once more for our Christmas appeal.
Did you know Elves have very cold feet? We have the solution!
Our Elf Socks are on full of sweet treats for the little ones (or not so little ones) in your life.
Every cent of the €3 you pay for an Elf Sock will be donated directly to the Agnes & Alfred Centre for Children in Brewerville, Liberia.
Elf Socks are available from Rowe Street Gallery, Spectrum Art & Framing in Selsker, Red Kettle Cafe on Mallon Street
Donations can be made to Wexford Lions Club quoting the reference ‘Liberia Appeal’
Bank of Ireland, Wexford
Account No. 46878089
IBAN : IE92 BOFI 9067 1846 8780 89