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It was Strictly for the funds…..and fun!

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STRICTLY FANTASTIC: The Killarney/South Kerry branch of The Irish Cancer Society raised €58,401 for The Irish Cancer Society following the recent Strictly Come Dancing event. Seated from left are: Eleanor O'Doherty, Emmet Flanagan and Ciara O'Donoghue, (overall winners), Eugene O'Sullivan, Kathleen O'Shea, Kathleen Cronin, Kathrina Breen and Tim Moriarty. Standing from left are: Ava and Chloe O'Doherty, Shane Hannon, Eimear O'Mahony, Jason Culloty, Aine Carolan, Daire Sheehy, Edwina Duggan, Pat Looney, Patricia Quigley, Mike O'Sullivan, Aoife O'Reilly and Stephen O'Donoghue. Picture: Eamonn Keogh 

 

By Michelle Crean

An entertaining night of dancing – watched by over 1500 people – raised a whopping €58,401, thanks to the generous support of locals.

12 couples, trained by Tralee choreographer Cassie Leen, took to the INEC floor in March for the Killarney and South Kerry branch of the Irish Cancer Society – which was won by Emmet Flanagan and Ciara O'Donoghue. And, not only did the dancers spend weeks perfecting their dance moves – but also asked everyone and anyone they could to support the good cause.

The result was the massive cheque handed over to the Irish Cancer Society charity on Friday night in the East Avenue Hotel.

“We’d like to thank the people of Killarney for their generosity,” Kathrina Breen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“This was our fifth year and the biggest Strictly Come Dancing to date.”

Funding will now go to Home Care Night Nursing, the freephone advice line, cancer beds in hospitals and Travel to Care grants.

“We’ve had 364 nights for 66 patients in Kerry this year. We also do the volunteer driving scheme and have had 336 drives for 41 patients this year, the Daffodil Centres provide face to face advice and we do Breast Check and Bowel Screening as well as advocacy work in relation to parking for cancer patients and have this year provided 500 hours counselling to those wrongly diagnosed by Cervical Check. A big part of the fundraising money will go to cancer research which is ongoing.”

She added that their next fundraising event takes place on October 11, and they are looking for volunteers if anyone has a spare hour to give.

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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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