Our support for the annual Remembrance Tree, in aid of South Tipperary Hospice, is needed more than ever this year, the people of South Tipperary were told at last week’s launch of the annual fundraiser.
The tree, organised each year by the Rotary Club of Clonmel, has raised more than E70,000 for Hospice in the past seven years.
This year the tree will be in two locations in Clonmel – in O’Connell Street, as well as the usual spot in Market Place – starting from this weekend.
Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Clonmel and friends of the club will be at the tree in Market Place on this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 16, 17 and 18.
And the O’Connell Street tree will be in operation from Friday, December 17 until the following Friday, December 23.
At both locations volunteers will be accepting donations for South Tipperary Hospice in exchange for a ribbon on which members of the public can write the names of loved ones who have passed away, are ill or are far from home this Christmas.
The ribbons will be attached to the tree, providing people with an opportunity for commemoration at this meaningful time of year and at the same time raising much-needed funds for South Tipperary Hospice.
At the end of the project the ribbons will be kept until New Year’s Day, when they will be blessed at 11am Mass at Ss Peter and Paul’s Church, Clonmel.
The Remembrance Tree was launched last week at a very successful Christmas Food, Wine and Flowers Evening at Raheen House, Clonmel, which got the fundraising off to a great start.
The event was sold out well in advance and a capacity crowd enjoyed a cookery demonstration by chef Jenny Flynn of The Sweetest Thing Cookery School; a flower-arranging demonstration by Ann Fitzpatrick; cheese tasting by Helen Finnegan of award-winning Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese; and wine tasting by The Wine Buff.
The Mayor of Clonmel, Councillor Darren Ryan, and his wife, Yvonne launched the Remembrance Tree and the Mayor urged everyone to support the tree to help raise funds for Hospice, which depends on local fundraising for nearly all its budget each year.
He praised the Rotary Club of Clonmel for their work on this project and other fundraising and community service projects, and wished them well with this year’s Remembrance Tree.