The Rotary Club of Clonmel has presented €8,300 to South Tipperary Hospice, raised during the club’s annual Remembrance Tree campaign.
The money was handed over to Hospice representatives following the Rotary Club’s tenth festive fundraiser.
Club president Paddy Bardon said it was clear from the interaction that Remembrance Tree volunteers had with the public that South Tipperary Hospice was held in high esteem by everyone.
“Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way and a price can’t be put on the support that Hospice gives to patients and families,” he said.
The 2013 campaign had taken place in bad weather and at a difficult time for charities, but the fact that more than €8,000 was raised showed how well people regarded Hospice, he added.
Also at the presentation were two representatives of Clonmel Borough Council, Town Clerk Ger Walsh and Eric Ryan of the horticulture section, who were extremely helpful to the club by providing and putting up the two Remembrance Trees, one in O’Connell Street and the other in Market Place.
People come to the trees and write the names of those they want to commemorate on a ribbon, which is then attached to the tree. They also make donations to Hospice in memory of their loved ones.
Once the trees were removed after the campaign, which ran for ten days from December 13-23, the ribbons were brought to Mass in Ss Peter and Paul’s Church on Sunday, December 29, where all those whose names were written on them were prayed for.
The Rotary club also thanks most sincerely all the volunteers who gave their time to staff the trees, all those who made donations and all the businesses who kindly donated materials, all helping to make the campaign such a great success.
Accepting the donation, Breda Ryan of the Clonmel Hospice Support Group thanked all the members of the Rotary Club of Clonmel and volunteers for their work in organising the Remembrance Tree, especially in such bad weather.