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Fearless fundraisers wanted to take a Leap of Faith

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By Michelle Crean

Fearless fundraisers are being sought to descend from the iconic Hogan Stand and abseil over 100 feet to pitch side - all in aid of a Kerry charity.

The team at Kerry Cancer Support Group (KCSG) launched their 'Leap of Faith ‘22' challenge on Saturday last with charity ambassador Colm Cooper doing a demo on the day.

The abseil will take place in Croke Park on August 21 with funds used to finance the work being done by the group in Kerry, West Cork and West Limerick in the provision of their supported Healthlink transport services which transports patients to cancer related appointments free of charge in the region.

The funds will ensure that the group continues to uphold its mission and vision “that no one should face their cancer journey alone”. Since setting up the transport service in 2010 the group have transported over 6,000 service users to nearly 60,000 appointments and have become affectionately known as a "travelling support group".

Kerry Cancer Support Group have not set a fundraising goal for the abseil as it's their first time doing the event but hope that the challenge will be a popular one and provide a unique opportunity to see The Hogan Stand from a different angle.

Spaces are limited so there is a €100 registration fee to secure a place. The group will not set a target for each individual but hope that each does their best to raise funds to help keep this vital service on the road.

“We hope that the day will be an exciting one with a difference in Croke Park," Breda Dyland, Service Manager with KCSG, said.

"Kerry people are accustomed to a very different view from the Hogan Stand and doing the abseil with us will certainly be the ultimate adrenaline rush. We have been planning this for the past year and a half but restrictions meant we waited until now to book our slot. We are really looking forward to a day with family, friends and colleagues. Kerry comedian Bernard Casey was one of the first people to sign up so he should keep us entertained! We, like many other charities, are still in the midst of the fallout from the pandemic. Fundraising took a backseat because we were too busy keeping everyone safe. We hope that the 'Leap of Faith ‘22' challenge will raise much needed funds for the service and help us to continue to provide the vital transport links to treatment centres in the region.”

If you would like information on the 'Leap of Faith ‘22' challenge go to their website www.kerrycancersupport.com or contact info@kerrycancersupport.com.

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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