Community spirit alive and well in Cappawhite

A fundraising night for local man Martin “Gogo” Butler brought together one of the biggest gatherings to the Resource Centre in Cappawhite since its opening.

On Saturday, January 19 a fundraiser race night for Martin “Gogo” Butler brought a great crowd in full support of a most popular and much loved parishioner who in March 2012, lay fighting for his life after he was injured . The community of Cappawhite were shocked and distraught with the news and with many prayers, and the return of Martin to his home after an extremely tough and lengthy battle, the parish came together to see how they could help Martin in his difficult journey of rehabilitation. It was decided, with Martins’ consent, that they would organise a fundraising race night in Cappawhite Resource Centre.

Planning for this event started all the way back in September. A committee was set up and their hard work truly prevailed on the night. Huge credit is due to Chairperson Dave Barry and his hard working committee.

The atmosphere for the big event was fantastic from the outset with local musicians providing the entertainment at the opening of the night warming up the big crowd. Stevie O’Brien of Rosegreen supplied the races on the night with the first race taking place at 8.30pm with the legendary Johnny Looby of Golden providing great entertainment as MC.

There were 10 races in total with the tote workers kept very busy all night with keen punters and the auction race was a massive success with bidding for horses reaching well over the €1000 mark. There were some fantastic items up for auction with the 4 corporate tickets for the Manchester United v. Aston Villa game scooping the highest bid on the night. Many thanks to all who donated items for the auction.

Tom Butler, a brother of Martin, gave a heartfelt speech to the crowd. “On behalf of Martin and the Butler family we wish to thank everyone for a fantastic night. Our family is delighted and overwhelmed with the turnout of supporters. I wish to thank the organising committee and everyone who has helped and supported Martin in any way in the last few months. It is truly appreciated.”

A monster raffle took place where there were 18 spot prizes donated from local businesses in the county and beyond. These prizes were greatly appreciated and many thanks to all who contributed to the raffle on the night.

During the auction a signed Kilkenny jersey was presented to Martin donated by the All Ireland Hurling Kilkenny champion Henry Shefflin.

The night ended on a high with some lively music by Declan McAuliffe from Kerry who kept the dance floor full for the remainder of the night and the bar was supplied by J.C. Ryan; many thanks to JC and his staff on the night.

The Committee wish to give massive thanks to every one from local and surrounding parishes who donated in any way possible for the cause whether by buying races, raffle tickets, bidding in the auction, buying ads or giving generous donations.

They also wish to thank every one involved for their dedication and the planning and organising from many volunteers to make the fundraising night possible. So much work was done behind the scenes and what a successful night that brought to the parish. Huge thanks to the race sellers, raffle ticket sellers, anyone who sourced ads for the programme and all who helped in any way on the night. It was hugely appreciated by the committee and by Martin and the extended Butler family.

Again this night has shown what fantastic community spirit, loyalty and support exists in Cappawhite and its neighboring communities.

All money raised on the night will go towards Martin’s future rehabilitation and also a sum will be donated to the rehabilitation centre in Dun Laoghaire.