He was a long time waiting for the honour of first citizen of Clonmel to fall on him but when he finally realised his ambition when elected Mayor of Clonmel Cllr. Billy Shoer wasted no time in acknowledging the valuable work being done in the community by a special group of volunteers.
The volunteers attached to the Clonmel Based Drug Iniative were honoured by the town’s mayor in the first mayoral reception he accorded at the Town Hall since he was elected. It was a fitting tribute to a very dedicated group of people who work tirelessly in steering young people away from drugs and helping their families by supporting them every step of the way.
Cllr. Shoer said the volunteers had saved young people from a life of ruin from drugs and had provided tremendous support to families who found themselves caught up in the despair of drug misuse.They supported programmes put in place to ensure young people in the community had opportunities placed before them to provide an alternative to drugs through sport, education and re-training.
Since the CBDI was established in 1999 an important infrastructure had been established that helps to identify young people who need the services as a result of a successful networking system in the community. The public recognition was long overdue and well deserved.