Wexford Lions' charity sleep out raises vital funds

By David Tucker

Wexford Lions Club 'The Bigb Sloopout' on Saturday night in The Bullring.Mark Mahoney, David Duffin, Nigel Conway and Conor Ryan.
Wexford Lions Club 'The Bigb Sloopout' on Saturday night in The Bullring.Mark Mahoney, David Duffin, Nigel Conway and Conor Ryan.
Mark Mahoney, David Duffin, Nigel Conway and Conor Ryan with Carmel Monahan who braved the elements to make a donation.

Local man Nigel Conway braved biting winds and lashing rain to stage a 'sleep out' in the Bullring on Saturday night to raise funds for the Lions Club and awareness of homelessness in the local community.

Nigel is no stranger to voluntary work and fundraising having spent time working on charitable projects in the slightly warmer climates of Ethiopia and the Philippines. Wexford's Bullring on a cold December nigh add a new element to his endeavours.

'My mam, Hilda, is in the Lions Club in Wexford and I wanted to do something to highlight the work the organisation does in the town and hopefully, raise a bit of money along the way,' said Nigel, a secondary school teacher working in Dublin where he oversees the St Vincent de Paul at his school and has led his students in numerous charitable activities.

Nigel was joined on his fundraiser by Wexford friends including Mark Mahoney and Conor Ryan as well as members of the Lions Club.

As with all Lions Club projects, 100 per cent of money donated will be utilised on projects; no administration costs are taken from donations as members self-fund this aspect of the organisation.

This is the time of year when Lions across the country are ramping up their fundraising activities and fulfil the Lions motto 'We Serve'.

Families facing economic hardship are presented with Christmas Hampers or shopping vouchers, children receive gifts, hospital visits are made and the elderly visited and entertained. None of this is possible without the assistance of the local community who have supported the Lions since their introduction to Ireland in 1955.

This Christmas, Wexford Lions Club will have their usual fundraising activities, a street collection, a tombola in Dunnes Stores, Christmas Cards and the much loved 'Elf Socks' as well as Nigel's night out to help them on their way.

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