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Clonmel Rotary Club offers helping hand

People using Shelterbox tents in the Philippines.

People using Shelterbox tents in the Philippines.

Many families experiencing hardship, both at home and abroad, are greatly benefitting from recent donations made by the Rotary Club of Clonmel, made possible only by the generosity and support of the people of the town.

In December the club donated €5,000 from the proceeds of its various fundraising events, including the annual golf classic, to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

€1,300 was donated by Rotary to the Day Care Centre for the Elderly in Irishtown, Clonmel from part of the proceeds of its Christmas food, wine and flowers evening at Raheen House.

The Rotary Club also donated €500 to Cuan Saor, the Women’s Refuge Centre in Clonmel.

The club has also donated €8,000 to South Tipperary Hospice, the proceeds of the Remembrance Tree collection projects which took place at O’Connell Street and Market Place in the run-up to Christmas.

Rotary Clonmel used approximately €5,400 of locally-raised funds to purchase and send seven ShelterBoxes to the Philippines immediately after the Typhoon Haiyan disaster.

Each ShelterBox contains a large durable tent, blankets, cooking equipment, utensils and more, providing temporary shelter and support to a family for many months while they await new housing. The ShelterBox organisation has reported that many families are still living in their ShelterBox tents while saving up money to build new houses.

ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Marie Vincent says “the typhoon has also left the survivors with traumatic psychological scars.

There are children who cannot make eye contact, individuals who are struggling to find the motivation to move on and an underlying anxiety that it will happen again”.

The Rotary Club of Clonmel thanks all those who kindly supported and contributed to its fundraising efforts during the past year and made it possible for the club to assist these very worthy causes.

100% of all donations to the Rotary Club’s funds goes to charities supported by the club.

 

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