Busy Lions Club volunteers working flat out preparing for Christmas Day

The Tipperary Lions Club getting ready for this year's Christmas dinners prepared at the Community Services Centre, St. Michael Street, Tipperary town that will be delived by Tipperary Lions club members on Christmas Day.Teresa Hinchey, Peter Hayes (Chairman), Noreen O�"Donnell, Donal Noonan and John Allison
The Tipperary Lions Club is hard at work preparing Christmas dinners and food hampers to many local recipients on Christmas morning.

The Tipperary Lions Club is hard at work preparing Christmas dinners and food hampers to many local recipients on Christmas morning.

Last Christmas the Tipperary Lions Club supplied over 160 hot dinners and annual ‘Food Appeal’ is a testament to the continued successful collaboration of the Lions Club with St. Vincent de Paul and the Tipperary Community Services each year.

A team of volunteers headed by Chef Noreen O’Donnell and her hardworking assistants work hard to prepare the delicious meals. Michael Ryan and Nick McCarthy following the collection in the local supermarkets prepare the Christmas Hampers in advance.

Each year the local businesses, food suppliers and people of the town donate and support the Food Appeal, making a huge difference and ensuring its success. Over 100 people are expected to join forces again this coming Christmas and help distribute the meals and hampers in Tipperary Town and surrounding town lands. The buzz in the Community Centre is palpable and new volunteers are always welcome.

The spirit of community and volunteerism in Tipperary Town is indeed alive and well as local businesses and schools allow these collections to take place in their premises year after year. The Tipperary Lions club received over €12,000 with 100% of all donations given back to the community. So far in 2014 the Tipperary Lions Club has supported over 25 local charities, appeals, causes and clubs from the donations received.

The Lions Club organised a Defibrillator Training course in conjunction with the Red Cross and training was provided free of charge to those who wished to attend. There are 15 machines placed in strategic locations around the town and local villages and educating the community on their use is considered one of the main projects of the Lions Club. A similar course will be arranged in the coming year.

The Annual Trip to Trabolgan took place again this year, bringing Senior Citizens away to enjoy the entertainment, socialising and superb facilities for a few days of the summer. As always there was great interest in this trip and names can be given to any member of the Lions Club for next year’s holiday.

The Cheltenham Preview Night has gone from strength to strength over the last few years also with great interest and a reliable panel present on the night for last minute tips. This year’s recipients of the money raised were the MooreHaven Centre and Mount Sion, both well-known organisations in our town.

The Pride of Tipperary Festival very kindly nominated The Tipperary Lions Club as their 2014 beneficiary. A variety of events to cover all interests were organised and hosted throughout the festival with great attendance. Events like these bring the community together and all proceeds raised return back to the community to provide relief and support to our own neighbours.

Throughout 2014 there was particular emphasis on mental health and cyber bullying among the younger members of our community. St. Anne’s Secondary School organised an information night for parents of all children attending any secondary school in Tipperary. As a result of this event and the positive feedback, the Tipperary Lions Club created a leaflet for parents to highlight the dangers and issues that may arise through social media. These leaflets will be distributed to homes through the schools in the coming weeks.