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Trade union uses pedal power to generate cash for counselling centre

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A GROUP of intrepid cyclists and trade union members got on their bikes recently to generate cash for SouthWest Counselling Centre in Killarney.

Every second year the Impact trade union holds a national conference, and an idea to cycle to raise funds from Dublin to the conference venue was hatched over 10 years ago by Dessie Robinson, assistant general secretary, Impact, and Eamonn Donnelly, national secretary, Impact.

In 2016 the conference was held in Killarney and these cyclists were joined by fellow trade union members and raised a substantial amount for four charities of which SouthWest Counselling Centre was one.

In the presentation of the cheque,for €8,000, Kevin O'Malley, Impact honorary treasurer and Kerry branch chairman, was filled with praise for the work that SouthWest Counselling Centre has done over 22 years, citing that often it goes unacknowledged after a client has been helped. The Kerry branch donated an additional amount as a token of their appreciation.

“The board of management, the staff and the clients of SWCC are very grateful to the Impact trade union, which showed another side to the union, which is very thoughtful and supportive of charities, having raised over €100,000 in the five years these cyclists have raised funds whilst clearly having fun!” said Lindsay Fredman, CEO, SouthWest Counselling Centre.

The cash will facilitate the continued provision of our affordable professional counselling which is unique in Kerry in that we offer counselling across the lifespan all under one service, she added. “The funds raised will ensure that provision of services to the most vulnerable in our community will allow us to continue to provide a lifeline for many people who are overwhelmed with despair, and through the process of counselling are able to find hope,” said Lindsay.

“SouthWest Counselling Centre will also use the funds raised to promote mental health wellbeing through workshops and materials focusing on healthy relationships, communication and ways to manage stress with youth, parents and older adults. By selecting us as a deserving charity it has elevated the visibility of the centre as well as counselling and mental health wellbeing, for which we are immensely grateful to the Impact trade union.”
 


 
Above: At a cheque presentation of €8,000 euro to Kerry LifeLine at SouthWest Counselling Centre following the Impact charity cycle from Dublin to Killarney were front from left, Dessie Robinson, assistant general secretary, Impact, Kevin O'Malley, Impact honorary treasurer, and Kerry Branch chairman, Lindsay Fredman, CEO, SouthWest Counselling Centre, and Eamonn Donnelly, national secretary Impact. Back from left are Ciara Irwin Foley, Denis Murphy, Nikki Wissell, Tim O'Leary and
Vera O'Leary. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row.

The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021.

Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists.

With the switch to full electric not far away, Adams of Tralee’s general manager Marcus O’Shea believes that hybrid offers the perfect transition from fossil fuelled-cars to electric.

“It is a steeping-stone towards full electric,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It reduces the range anxiety for those not ready for full electric and it gets people used to new ways – plugging in the car at night at home will become normal and hybrid is the first step.”

The Tucson range has a model to suit all tastes and budgets. As well as being available in petrol, diesel or hybrid, each power variant is also available as in entry-level, mid or high specification formats.

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By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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