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New Rotary Club leader in ‘Bike for Africa’ project appeal

New Clonmel Rotary Club President Joe OSullivan with Assistant Governor of Rotary Ireland Pat ODwyer and outgoing president Patrick Bardon.

New Clonmel Rotary Club President Joe OSullivan with Assistant Governor of Rotary Ireland Pat ODwyer and outgoing president Patrick Bardon.

New Clonmel Rotary Club President Joe O’Sullivan wants to make the people of Clonmel more aware of the good work carried out by its members in the community.

Mr O’Sullivan, who has been a member of Rotary for the last eight years, was elected as President at the Club AGM last week.

“I am very honoured and humbled to have been given this opportunity by the members,” said Joe, a retired businessman.

Among his objectives for the year ahead is a wish to ensure that the national Rotary theme for the year “Light Up Rotary” is carried out by the Clonmel group.

“This theme is all about making people more aware of the work that Rotary does in the community. I would like people to realise how much work is done by the members and how their fundraising efforts help so many people living in the community,” said the new Rotary president. The Rotary Club in Clonmel has over forty members and Joe would like to see more people join, particularly women.

“I personally would like to encourage more women to join. We only have about three or four women members at the moment and I would like to see more join during this year,” said Joe.

Joe is anxious to ensure that a new project undertaken by Rotary this year is a success in Clonmel.

“Bike Africa” has been taken on by Rotary to supply bicycles to poor communities in Africa.

Old bicycles will be collected in Clonmel and other towns where Rotary is active throughout Ireland. They will be repaired by inmates at the open prison in Meath before being sent on to their new owners in Africa.

“It is an exciting new project and I want Clonmel to play a big role in this project from the beginning,” said Joe. A fundraiser he started himself last year, a coffee morning he hosts at his own h ome which raises funds for a Clonmel nun who runs an orphanage in Zambia, will be held at the end of August.

“We had a great response last year to it and Sister Marie is doing wonderful work in Zambia and it is nice to support her” he added.

 

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