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Kerry Parents and Friends ‘Biddy’ fundraiser goes online

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ONLINE: Members of the Kerry Parents and Friends Association Biddy Group, pictured here in pre-COVID-19 times, are taking their annual fundraiser online.

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By Sean Moriarty

 

One of the most significant fundraisers for Kerry Parents and Friends Association (KPFA) has been forced to go online as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

KPFA offer a wide variety of services in Kerry to over 300 people with intellectual disabilities. They provide a broad range of support experiences and operate 30 centres countywide in day, residential, respite, home support and outreach.

The Killarney-headquartered but county-wide charity relies heavily on local donations and fundraisers.

One of its biggest fundraisers is its annual ‘Biddy’ tour where local musicians dress up in period-costume to mark the annual St Brigid’s Day religious feast on February 1.

“The Kerry Parents and Friends Association Biddy Group would visit practically every pub in the county between mid-January and early February,” Marie Linehan, Kerry Parents and Friends Association’s Chief Executive, told the Killarney Advertiser. “That is not possible this year.”

The annual ‘Biddy’ tour earns the charity around €7,000 and the absence of this year’s event will leave a large hole in their fundraising efforts.

Instead, KPFA have decided to take the tour online, with videos of previous years events to be broadcast on both the Kerry Parents and Friends Association Biddy Group and the Kerry Parents and Friends Association own social media channels. Viewers will be invited to make a donation to the charity while watching the videos.

Funds can also be donated by searching Kerry Parents and Friends Association Biddy Group on the GoFundMe.

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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