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Friday 17 August 2018

Gabrielle takes over as new Lions Club President

Gabrielle Willis is presented with the chain of office by outgoing president Ger Cashman
Gabrielle Willis is presented with the chain of office by outgoing president Ger Cashman

Brendan Keane

The newly elected president of Wexford Lions Club has highlighted her vision for the year ahead and plans to focus attention on ensuring that a number of important planned projects are completed successfully.

Speaking to this newspaper, Gabrielle Willis said there are certain projects that the organisation carries out each year which are very significant but require funding.

'The main thing is to make certain the projects we do during the year are completed,' she said.

The Carers' Weekend is an initiative that she feels very strongly about as it gives respite to people who are providing 24-hour care to another person throughout the year.

The Run Weekend is another event Ms Willis is looking forward to as it will give people some time away in the company of others in a safe and relaxed environment in Ballyvaloo Retreat Centre.

The national Lions Club organisation also participates in the Trabolgan Project each year which sees branches from all over the country give vulnerable people in the community the chance to take some time out.

'We have to support funding for that and that's why our fundraising walk at the end of the month is so important,' said Ms Willis.

The walk will take place over the last weekend in August and will be split into three events with the first one being a night event at Curracloe Beach on Friday, August 31.

The meeting point will be the car park of the Winning Post pub at 10 p.m.

The following day will see a walk take place at Tintern Abbey with participants asked to be in attendance at 10 a.m. and then on Sunday, September 2, Ballyteigue Burrow, at Kilmore Quay, will provide the perfect backdrop for the third walk. The meeting time for that event has also been scheduled for 10 a.m.

'They are our main fundraising events during the year and because of that we really would like to see as many people as possible attending,' said Ms Willis.

Sponsorship cards for the walks are available from the Westgate Design Centre in Wexford town and also from Wexford Lions Club members.

A significant aspect to the fundraising drives by the club is that all of the money raised goes directly to supporting the community.

Her time as president will also see Ms Willis lead the organisation into its 40th anniversary celebrations next year which is something she is looking forward to.

'It will be a big year for the Lions Club in 2019 and that will be good,' she said.

The Christmas Project will take place again this year and there will also be funding support given to the training of guide dogs for the vision impaired and for people affected by autism and there will also be an art competition.

A third level bursary scheme will also be implemented while the very popular Cool Monday Club after-school service will also continue this year.

Wexford People

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