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Recovery Haven appeals for support as fundraising grinds to a halt

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by Michelle Crean

With fundraising decimated from the devastating impact of COVID-19 - one Kerry charity is calling for the public's support. Recovery Haven Kerry is calling on businesses and individuals to become 'Friends of Recovery Haven' and make them their charity of choice by making a one-off donation or weekly contribution via standing order to help stabilise their finances in 2021 and beyond.

The weekly amount is completely at the person’s discretion, but for those who choose to donate a minimum of €5 per week (or €250 per annum) the Revenue Commissioners operate a Charitable Donation Scheme which sees Recovery Haven receive an additional €112.33 from that donation.

Equally, if a company opts to donate €250 or more in a year, that company can claim a tax deduction, as if the donation was a trading expense. There is a four-year time limit for making a claim under the scheme.

In 2020 the charity provided free support services to 683 individuals, which included 660 counselling sessions and 826 attendances at their classes, groups and support programmes.

According to Recovery Haven Kerry manager, Siobhan MacSweeney, the aim of the scheme is to ensure a steady source of income in these uncertain times when most planned fundraising efforts have ground to a halt indefinitely.

“Over the past 10 years, the financial support we have received from the people of Kerry and beyond has been wonderful, and for that we thank them sincerely. But with the future still so unsure due to COVID-19, charities across the board are looking at new ways to help secure a steady income and we hope this new scheme will help us do that.

“This is an extremely challenging time for charities everywhere, so if people are in a position to support our 'Friends of Recovery Haven' scheme and help us continue to offer vital support to cancer patients and their families across Kerry, we would be so grateful,” she said.

To register phone 066 7169055/087 7657742 or email: marisa@recoveryhavenkerry.com, or download the forms at www.recoveryhavenkerry.com.

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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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