Naas Lions raise almost €17,000 for local charities

The money was donated by the public at Christmas

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Naas Lions raise almost €17,000 for local charities

Mr Findlay, Cyriel Varwijk, Martina McGrath and Donal Buckley

The Naas Lions club has handed over €16,900 to the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Naas and Sallins.

The money was raised from public collections held for three days in the run up to Christmas.

A total of 150 volunteers gave up heir time to help organise the collections.

Most of the money (€2,200) went to the Naas V de P and the balance was donated to the Sallins V de P conference.

“In addition, the local business community generously donated towards this worthy cause,” said Cyriel Varwijk of Naas Lions.

The Naas group is also part of Lions Clubs international, which is the world’s largest service organisation with more than 1.3 million members in over 45,000 clubs in over 200 countries around the world. The Lions motto is ‘we serve’ and the clubs aim to improve the local communities.

The Naas Lions club celebrated its 40th anniversary last year and raised over €1.7m during that time for local causes.

Since 1978 the group has supported many local charitable causes and groups. The club has been very active in its support for Naas Hospital, contributing over the years to the provision of heart monitors and stress management facilities.

Other organisations have benefited since then and these include Suicide Bereavement Support, St. Brigid’s Hospice on the Curragh, KARE, McAuley Place residents and Naas Care of the Aged centre at Newbridge Road.