Two very good causes to benefit from charity race meeting

Looking ahead to the Clonmel Races evening meeting on Thursday, May 9th at Powerstown Park in aid of the Clonmel Daffodil Day Committee and Clonmel Community Youth Project are Catriona Guerin, Aidan Coffey, Karen Fahey, Evan Power (jockey), Paula Nyhan, Nellie Fennessy, Mayor Billy Shoer, Eileen Forde, Frances Delahunty and Anne O'Connor.
Eamonn Wynne

Eamonn Wynne

The invaluable voluntary work carried out by two groups on a daily basis in communities across Clonmel and South Tipperary will be recognised and supported at a charity evening meeting of racing at Powerstown Park Racecourse next month.

The Clonmel Daffodil Day Committee and the Clonmel Community Youth Project will both benefit from the meeting on Thursday, May 9th.

“We’re delighted to do this for two local groups, both of which are extremely good causes”, says Eugene Cooney, Marketing Manager of Clonmel Racecourse. “We’ve been very impressed by their professionalism and enthusiasm towards making this a success and we hope that the people of the town and district will support them”.

As a once-off gesture towards the never-ending fundraising efforts of both projects, Racecourse Manager DJ Histon has offered each a number of tickets for the race meeting, which are available for just €10, with the full proceeds going to both charities.

“There’s great value for a tenner; as well as supporting two very good causes people can also enjoy a great evening at the races”, says Eugene Cooney.

The racecourse offices on the Davis Road in Clonmel are the base for the local Daffodil Day Committee. The committee, and many others around the country, suffered a significant shortfall in their funding this year because of the miserable wet and windy weather during last month’s Daffodil Day, forcing many people who would otherwise be out and about on Friday to remain indoors.

A lot of people who would normally contribute to the collection didn’t have the opportunity to do so but now they can support the committee while enjoying the fun and excitement of an evening at the races.

The Daffodil Day Committe is affiliated to the Irish Cancer Society and helps cancer sufferers and their families in many ways. Paper daffodils are sold one day each year to raise funds for free patient care offered by night nurses, as well as a cancer information helpline.

In South Tipperary alone 14 night nurses look after 95 patients in their homes.

Meanwhile the Clonmel Community Youth Project (CCYP), which is faced with a shortfall of €8,000 in its government funding, was established in 1989 as a special community-based youth project under the auspices of Waterford and South Tipperary Community Youth Service.

The overall vision for the youth service is “for a fair, equitable and supportive society that cherishes all young people, their potential and their abilities”, with the young people as the key resource in their own development and education, while being supported by the youth service.

Clonmel Community Youth Project is funded under the Department of Education and Skills and works with young people in the Wilderness and Elm Park areas of the town, aged 10 to 21 years, who are unattached and/or at risk. The aim of CCYP is “to assist the personal, social, emotional and spiritual development of the young people, to enable them to exercise greater control over their lives by making positive choices and decisions, which allows them to gain more responsibility and make a greater contribution to their communities”. In addition, the project endeavours to assist the young people in boosting their self-esteem and self-confidence through activities such as team-building games, trust-building exercises and others that focus on crime awareness, drug and alcohol awareness, sexual health education, healthy eating and exercise and mental health.

The first race at Powerstown Park will start at 5.20pm and the mixed card will feature the Tipperary Perpetual Cup Handicap over 2 miles. After racing the very popular music duo Legends will play in the Club Stand Bar.

Both of the fundraising committees are selling tickets for €10 each. These include admission, race card and free entry into a draw for some great prizes. There is a saving of at least €8 when you buy these pre-paid tickets.

Clonmel Community Youth Project are selling their tickets from the Wilderness Youth and Community Centre or ring Aidan at 087-6071369. Clonmel Daffodil Day Committee tickets are available from O’Gorman’s Pharmacy, Gladstone Street or ring Frances at 087-2222531.

Alternatively you can purchase tickets from the Clonmel Racecourse Office, Davis Road, Clonmel or ring Eugene at 052-6188508.