A long time volunteer with the Clonmel and Local District Wheelchair who enjoyed a wonderful 80th birthday celebration last Friday night was not inundated with presents on the occasion.
Pauline Bourke generously asked her famliy and friends not to arrive with gifts to mark the big occasion and invited them instead to make a donation to the Clonmel &Local District Wheelchair Society.
“They do marvellous work for people who really need our help and assistance” said Pauline who has worked as a volunteer with the group for the last fifteen years.
She was thrilled with the response to her request and at the end of the night €960 was handed over to the wheelchair committee.
“What do I want presents for at my age, Everbody was very generous on the night and I know that the monies raised are badly needed and will do a lot of good,” said Pauline.
Pauline started to do volunteer work for the group by helping out an elderly neighbour who used a wheelchair when she lived in Plunkett Terrace who needed assistance.
“I helped people to try and get them out of their houses so that they would not be alone and I always did the annual door to door collection for the society,” said Pauline, who is originaly from the Old Bridge and has lived in Marian Court for the last eight years.
She is still actively involved with the Wheelchair Society and is also a member of the Friary choir,the Apostolic Society,the Widows Association and the Active Retirement Association.Her niece Mary Walsh of the Wheelchair Society said the committee greatly appreciated the very kind gesture by Pauline.
“Funds are very scarce and this contribution was badly needed.Pauline is a great friend of the society and this is a big boost for everybody involved,” said Mary.
“We had our annual weekend away in Knock during June. Many thanks to all our volunteers over the weekend and funds like this help us to have days like this,” she said.