Christmas shoppers in Clonmel are being urged to take a few minutes during the seasonal rush to think of their loved ones who have passed away, and at the same time help fundraise for South Tipperary Hospice, by placing a ribbon on the Rotary Remembrance Tree.
The hospice homecare nursing service is one of the most deserving charities in the county, performing wonderful work each year to alleviate the suffering of those who are seriously ill, and to support their families in coping during the difficult period.
The people of the county have always given the hospice great support in their efforts, particularly in raising funds to provide home-care nurses. South Tipperary Hospice costs around €600,000 on an annual basis to provide much needed services. Most of this money is raised through voluntary efforts.
It’s hoped that this Christmas, there will again be a strong and generous response to the annual Christmas Remembrance Tree campaign, organised by the Rotary Club of Clonmel to raise funds for hospice.
This year there will be two Trees, one in Market Place outside Superquinn and one in O’Connell Street, which will stand from Thursday, December 18 to Tuesday, December 23 as powerful symbols of Christmas and its real meaning.
Members of the public can come to the Tree and write the names of those they want to commemorate on a ribbon, which is then attached to the Tree. They can also make a donation to Hospice in memory of their loved one.
After Christmas, the ribbons will be brought to Mass in SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Clonmel, on Sunday, December 28, at 11am, where all the people whose names are written on them will be prayed for.
The campaign was launched by Mayor Martin Lonergan who said it was a fantastic way for people to remember their loved ones at Christmas, and it was wonderful that the funds raised were all spent locally.
Rotary president Joe O’Sullivan said the club was delighted to be able to help Hospice in this way and was certain that the people of Clonmel and visitors to the town in the run-up to Christmas would be as generous this year as they have been in the past.
Hospice’s Sinaidi Jansen said every cent raised by Hospice was badly needed and well spent. She thanked the Rotary Club for their gesture and joined in the appeal to people to be as generous as possible.