Muintir na Tire launch new fundraising initiative in County Tipperary

At the launch of the Muintir Na Tire new fundraising initiative, 'Split the Pot'. Back Row L to R: Cllr. Denis Leahy, Liam Kelly (Project Manager for Tipperary Community Safety Project and STEP Insulation and Muintir na Tíre), Chairman of South Tipperary County Council Cllr. John Crosse, Michael Sweeney (Treasurer, Muintir na Tíre), Pat Shanahan (CEO, Tipperary Credit Union), Vinny Ryan (Tipperary Community Safety Project and STEP Insulation), Brian Ryan (FÁS Supervisor for Tipperary Community Safety Project and STEP Insulation) and Cllr. John Kenehan.Front Row L to R:Nuala Wall (Muintir na Tíre), Cllr Jacqui Finnan, Mary Ryan (Muintir na Tíre), Cllr. Anna Touhy-Halligan, Brigid Coffey (Muintir na Tíre), Tony Perez (Muintir na Tíre),
On Friday March 1, Muintir na Tíre launched a new fundraising initiative titled ‘Split the Pot’ to continue funding the work Muintir na Tíre is doing for the Older and Vulnerable people in County Tipperary under the Tipperary Community Safety Project.

On Friday March 1, Muintir na Tíre launched a new fundraising initiative titled ‘Split the Pot’ to continue funding the work Muintir na Tíre is doing for the Older and Vulnerable people in County Tipperary under the Tipperary Community Safety Project.

This new fundraising venture involves a weekly draw, which will have a guaranteed winner each week. The public can enter the draw by visiting local shops in Tipperary Town and putting €2 in a special draw envelope.

Half of the monies collected weekly will be given out in prizes each and every week and the other half is used to support Muintir na Tíre’s ongoing works under the Tipperary Community Safety Project.

There is a unit of the Community Alert programme in every parish in rural Ireland. The Tipperary Community Safety Project, which is also based in Tipperary Town grew out of Muintir na Tíre’s management of the Community Alert programme where concern was being expressed at the number of crimes that were being committed by unscrupulous conmen posing as Gutter Repairmen, Painting Contractors, County Council Water Officials etc. They were in many instances being bullied by some of the callers.

Muintir na Tíre’s role in communities since its founding 75 years ago has been to identify issues that affect the quality of life of community members and provide a workable solution. The programme carries out small scale repairs to the homes of Older and Vulnerable people under the Community Safety project such as: Painting, fixing leaks disabled access, gardening and emergency lighting and other small odd jobs around the home.

The Tipperary Community Safety Project Staff are participants on Community Employment and TÚS work programmes. The project maintains a continuous fundraising programme, which allows the project to generally break-even, all though this is not always possible. The fundraising covers church gate collections, raffles and a used clothes collection but now the new fundraising initiative, ‘Split the Pot’ draw, will enable Muintir na Tíre to continue the very important work that they are doing in the area for the Older and Vulnerable population. The Tipperary Community Safety project also manages The Better Energy Warmer Homes programme of insulation works for Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) throughout Co. Tipperary. This programme funds energy efficiency improvements in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable, making their homes more comfortable, healthier and more cost effective to run.

“Our aim is to raise €500 a week towards the Tipperary Community Safety Project project and the money will go to Tipperary town and surrounding parishes and areas,” said Liam Kelly, Project Manager for Tipperary Community Safety Project and STEP Insulation and Muintir na Tíre. “This will help fund the programme as it has a lot of overheads to cover. It also provides 26 job-initiative places in Tipperary Town through FAS and the South Tipperary Development Company and TÚS.”

Brian Ryan, FAS Supervisor explained the importance of the work being done for older community. “We look after the jobs that need to be done and we do whatever has to be done. Some jobs take half and hour other jobs take 
3-4 weeks.”

So far there are 36 shops on board providing the €2 draw envelopes. The draw will take place every Monday commencing Monday, March 11, 2013 at Munitir na Tíre head office in Rosanna Road, Tipperary Town. Winners will be advertised in the participating premises and also on our website, www.muintir.ie.