Raffle and music session kick start Marion’s Niall Mellon Foundation fundraising effort

A Carrick-on-Suir woman planning to build homes for poor people in South Africa later this year with the Niall Mellon Foundation kicked off her fundraising campaign for the cause at Maggie Dunne’s bar in Carrickbeg last week.

A Carrick-on-Suir woman planning to build homes for poor people in South Africa later this year with the Niall Mellon Foundation kicked off her fundraising campaign for the cause at Maggie Dunne’s bar in Carrickbeg last week.

Marion Landers’ will join a team of 600 volunteers heading out to Cape Town in November for the building blitz and must raise €5000 to take part in the volunteer expedition.

Her first fundraising event at the popular Carrickbeg bar on Sunday night, July 17 was a raffle for six excellent sponsored prizes, which raised an impressive €1600.

Local people turned up in force to support the night and Marion along with members of a traditional music group for beginners performed at the event. Marion was thrilled with the response to the fundraiser.

“The Irish spirit for helping others is alive and well even in these recession times,” she said.

She praised Anne Grace for her trojan help in selling the tickets and all who had taken books, distributed them among family and friends and bought tickets.

Marion also thanked Maggie Dunne for her support and for facilitating her on the night with the venue.

It was a terrific night and it will be followed up with a huge ‘Stars in Your Eyes’ super talent festival in the Carraig Hotel on August 20 at 9pm.

Many local people will be involved in this talent show fundraiser, which is already generating huge interest around Carrick-on-Suir.