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Charity calendar to raise funds for St Mary of the Angels

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CHARITY CALENDAR: Local amateur photographer Chris Grayson has launched his second charity calendar in aid of St Marys of the Angels. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

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By Sean Moriarty

 

A beautifully presented calendar depicting the scenery and wildlife of Kerry has gone on sale to raise funds for St Mary’s of the Angels Parents and Relatives Association.

 

Snapped by well-known Glenbeigh-based amateur photographer Chris Grayson, who is also a care assistant at the Beaufort facility, it features one photograph per month showing either a well-known landscape, animals or birds that populate the local landscape.

This is Grayson’s fourth time producing a nature calendar and second time selling it to raise funds for St Mary of the Angels.

“I just wanted to do something for the fabulous place I work,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have been there nine years and it is a wonderful career.”

Copies of the calendar are €12 or two for €20 and can be brought directly from Chris on 087 3508444.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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