Just over six months ago Liam Wall, licensee of Maxol service station, Cashel Road, Tipperary town, nominated the charity Circle of Friends for funding as part of Maxol’s Community Awards Initiative.
Liam’s efforts, along with his wife Breda won €4.5K towards a new office facility at Circle of Friends and just recently they revisited the centre along with Maxol’s Chief Operating Officer Brian Donaldson.
“We chose Circle of Friends Cancer Support centre as it is a start-up project and its founder Jennifer Jones is a cancer sufferer herself,” explained Liam Wall.
“We were thrilled to be involved and Circle of Friends has given our staff and my wife Breda and I in Maxol Tipperary a fresh awareness of community activity and a real appreciation for the need to support worthy local initiatives. The feedback from everyone involved in the centre has been truly rewarding and very much humbling to see the tremendous benefits it has already provided to our local community. Jennifer was the whirlwind that bowled us over and she totally inspired us. Jennifer’s story and Circle of Friends is the bigger story here than the contribution we have made. We wish Circle of Friends all the best of luck for the future.”
The Maxol Community Awards Initiative was designed to help Maxol’s network of retailers build closer relationships with their respective communities by championing a worthy local initiative.
Maxol received sixty nominations for the Maxol Community Awards across the entire network and then it was short-listed to five who each were awarded €2K.
Liam Wall’s presentation on behalf of Circle of Friends won the overall prize and received an additional €2.5K for the centre.
“The money we received from Maxol gave us a terrific boost at the time and not alone that but it gave Circle of Friends national recognition from Maxol’s national award,” explained Chairman Pat Jones.
“Also of great importance to us at that time was the moral boost as we’d have to fundraise quite a lot to receive that amount of money and we are very grateful. On behalf of Jennifer and all of us here at Circle of Friends – thank you.”
Monica Fogarty Assistant Secretary of Circle of Friends, showed the visitors around the centre alongside Pat.