St. Vincent de Paul has launched a ‘Stay Warm Saving Scheme’, as a pilot project, in Kilcock to help people pay fuel bills.
The Stay Warm Saving Scheme lets people collecting fuel stamps in a booklet.
The cost of each stamp is €5, bringing a full booklet to the total of €175. This can then be used as payment towards each delivery of heating oil, with no limit to the amount of books used towards fuel costs.
The fuel stamp scheme is open to everyone. Books can be obtained in certain local shops within the Kilcock area, along with Vincent’s shop on Church St. in Kilcock.
Launching this scheme on 8 August, Michael O’Connor, President of the South Midlands Region, V de P, said these stamp booklets “gives initiative for people to help themselves”.
Within the Kilcock area, six oil companies have expressed interest in taking part in this new venture, they are; Emo, Tougher, Dermot Kelly, Naas Oil, Campus Oil and Donadea Oil. With each delivery of oil and collection of stamp books “payment is directly guaranteed from the society”, said Mr.l O’Connor.
Don McGrane, Kildare Area President, V de P, said a book of stamps would be “ideal for a Christmas gift.”
The ‘Stay Warm’ scheme has been run successfully by the Vencentians in Northern Ireland for a decade.
Members of St. Vincent de Paul in the Republic were fascinated by this venture, and Kilcock is the first conference to offer this scheme.
This scheme is to be advertised in the Parish Bulletin, Medical Centres and local shops.
Kilcock is the first conference to offer this scheme.
The organisers said there will be no extra monetary gain made for the local shops.