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Lions seek help to put food on the table this festive season

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THE Killarney Lions Club is currently running its annual Christmas food appeal fundraiser, lending a much-needed helping hand to the less fortunate in the community.

Kerry footballer David Moran launched the 2017 food drive, with Killarney Lions Club President Anthony Walsh along with sponsors Robert Stack (Tricel) and Mark Pender (AGS). “The Killarney Lions collect money to purchase nutritional foods and then assemble the hampers before delivering them to Killarney's most needy families,” said the club president.

“Even the hamper boxes were donated by Atlas Global Solutions (AGS Packaging). With a thoroughly vetted list, the Lions delivered 104 hampers in 2016 and hope to do a similar amount this year in 2017.”

The Lions Club will be collecting at Daly's SuperValu, Killarney, on Friday, December 22, and will welcome any donations to help make a big difference to someone's Christmas.
 


 
Above: Preparing the food parcels and hampers for the Killarney Lions Club Christmas Food Appeal were from left, Mark Pender, Atlas Global Solutions (AGS), Killarney Lions Club President Anthony Walsh, Kerry footballer David Moran and Robert Stack (Tricel). Pic: Eamonn Keogh

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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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