A COMMITTEE made up of eight men from Annacotty, who organised a golf classic, have helped putt Lisnagry over the amount needed for a wheelchair accessible mini-bus.
Mike McGuire said JJ Russell came up with the idea to raise money because his wife works with St Vincent’s, and saw the need for the vehicle. The wheelchair accessible vehicle is for the community residential services.
They organised a golf classic in the Ballykisteen Golf Club involving 35 teams.
“We were talking about a target figure and we said we would be doing well if we got €4,000 or €5,000,” said Mike. The final amount came to €10,000.
“We also had a raffle to help raise funds and the draw took place at a social evening in the Mill Bar in Annacotty on the night of the golf classic.
The committee would like to gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the businesses that entered teams, sponsored tee boxes at the classic and to each and everyone that supported the raffle. A special word of thanks to John Russell of Oakley Ireland, who kindly sponsored the prizes for both events,” said Mike.
As well as getting support from businesses and locals in Annacotty, he received money from city and county shops.
“I used to get into my car and head out to towns like Caherconlish and Murroe and very, very few refused us. It just shows how highly thought of St Vincent’s is and they work they do,” said Mike.
John O’Callaghan, administrator of the community residential services, said the golf classic will help improve the quality of their service users’ lives.
“The mini-bus costs €50,000. We got lotto funding and raised €8,000 from a charity fashion show in the Carlton Castletroy Park. This €10,000 is the last piece of the jigsaw,” said John.
Once adaptations to the mini-bus are completed, they hope to have it in four to six weeks. They currently don’t have a wheelchair accessible vehicle for their clients living in the community.
“As medical needs change some of our service users may need to use a wheelchair so they couldn’t utilise our normal transport service. Now with the new mini-bus their quality of life won’t deteriorate because they will still be able get around to meet their friends, still go to their day activities and continue living in the community,” said John.