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Sunday 18 August 2019

Wexford Boat and Tennis Club raise €800 for Pieta House

At the cheque presentation were: Grace Hall, Joe Corrigan (Vice Commodore WHBTC), Sinead Kehoe (Pieta House), Tom Conway (Commodore), Austin Pender
At the cheque presentation were: Grace Hall, Joe Corrigan (Vice Commodore WHBTC), Sinead Kehoe (Pieta House), Tom Conway (Commodore), Austin Pender

Simon Bourke

Despite the main event being called off due to stormy conditions, the members of Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club (WHBTC) still managed to raise a healthy sum for one of the county's most deserving organisations.

With a special evening of tennis, followed by a steak dinner and raffle, planned in aid of Pieta House, the club were forced to skip straight to the main course as rain and gale-force winds made play impossible. However, a total of €800 was raised for Pieta House, a non-profit organisation which provides specialised treatment programmes for people who have suicidal ideation or who participate in self-harming.

'Unfortunately the tennis got rained out,' said Austin Pender of WHBTC. 'But the food was sponsored by various members and we had a draw where the first prize was a week in the South of England. There was a couple of sports bags and books, and some gifts from Selskar Pharmacy and a lovely gift box from Boggans.'

And, according to Austin, many of those in attendance were happy to donate money without receiving anything in return.

'Tickets were only €5 each but a few people just dropped €50 in' confirmed Austin who described Pieta House as a 'special service'.

Discussing the club's other charity work, Austin also praised the efforts of the 'Purple Paddlers', a local group who recently raised for €1,400 for breast cancer research.

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