Able-disabled club gets local support
The staff in a local retail store have showcased their charitable nature to the benefit of one of Wexford town's most highly regarded community support organisations.
The workers in the New Line Costcutter store held a coffee morning event for Wexford Able-Disabled club, however, in addition to that they also donated one hour of their wages to the organisation and raised €1,900 in total.
The money was presented to members of the club at a hand-over event in the store.
The able-disabled club is run by Wexford Childen and Young People's Services Committee (WCYPSC) and commenting on the fundraiser the club's PRO, Deirdre Taasse, said it was an extraordinary show of support on the part of the Costcutter staff and thanked them for their generosity.
Another long-time committee member with the club Tony Murphy told this newspaper that the money raised by the staff will be put to very good use.
'We don't receive any funding at all and we're 33 years in existence this year,' he said.
'We've survived that long based on donations and fundraising efforts of people like those in Costcutter so we are really grateful for what they did,' he added.
'The store itself won an award and it was on the back of that they decided to raise money for us.'
There was a celebration day in the store to mark the award and in the run up to that the staff ran a draw which was also used to raise money for the club.
'The staff gave up one hour of their time too which was brilliant,' said Mr Murphy.
It's not the first time that the store ran a fundraiser for the able-disabled club and the organisation is very appreciative of the staff members' ongoing support.
'They've always been very good to us and we appreciate that,' he added.
'They have done various fundraisers for us before as well.'
There are 13 people on the club committee and Mr Murphy said all of them are grateful for the ongoing support the organisation gets from people within the local community in Wexford.
The club held its Christmas party in November and as Mr Murphy pointed out fundraising like that in Costcutters enables such events to take place on top of the regular support initiatives the club provides.
'That is where this money goes,' he said.
The club meets on Monday nights in Coolcots Community Centre and there are usually between 30 and 40 members in attendance in addition to leaders.
'We have a lot of activities including film nights, plays, arts and crafts and a choir,' said Mr Murphy.
The club opened on November 17, 1985, and has always relied on community support to continue providing its services.
'The main reason we don't get grant aid is because we don't have our own premises so this is a great help,' he added.