THANKS to the generosity of the people of the county, South Tipperary Hospice is €12,000 better off this January after the annual Remembrance Tree project run by the Rotary Club of Clonmel raised that amount of funding.
The public responded to the seasonal appeal for funds with wonderful generosity, with the total raised being up on last year’s total.
This year the club had two Remembrance Trees, one at Market Place and the other at O’Connell Street, and members of the public gave donations in exchange for ribbons which were placed on the trees.
They wrote the names of their deceased or sick loved ones on the ribbons and when the collection came to an end, all the ribbons were brought to Mass on New Year’s Day at SS Peter and Paul’s Church, where all the people mentioned on the ribbons were prayed for.
The Mass, celebrated by Canon Brendan Crowley, was a lovely, meaningful conclusion to this year’s Remembrance Tree campaign, a fitting commemoration of all the people who had been remembered throughout the event.
Many of those prayed for are likely to have been looked after by South Tipperary Hospice homecare nurses.
Also contributing to the total amount of money raised was the Rotary Club’s Christmas food, wine and flower event, held on December 7, which was the launch of the Remembrance Tree campaign and a most enjoyable evening.
Rotary Club of Clonmel President, Brian Sheerin, and the Remembrance Tree co-ordinator, Peter O’Donnell, thanked all those who helped with the project and particularly all the members of the public who made donations, saying that even though times were difficult for many people, they had supported South Tipperary Hospice more generously than ever.
The club is also very grateful to all the groups and individuals who helped with the campaign, including Clonmel Borough Council, all the volunteers who looked after the two Trees every day, and those who supplied or lent equipment.
Now that Christmas is over, the Rotary Club of Clonmel will begin planning its next major project, which is the annual golf classic, due to take place this year on Friday, May 4.