THE DAUGHTERS of Charity have tapped in to the generosity of the Caherline group water scheme in Lisnagry.
They have made a donation of €4,600 which will be used to provide a sensory room in their skills unit.
Richard Curtin, chairman Lisnagry Association, said it will benefit adults with profound needs who attend St Vincent’s.
“The new facility will help provide the adults with vital therapy required to aid their development and quality of life,” said Mr Curtin.
Therapies in the sensory room could include reflexology, holistic massage, acupuncture, and many others.
Money has been provided by the Caherline Group Water Scheme in Lisnagry for the new project.
It commenced in 1970. Last year committee members Pat Collins, honorary secretary and Donal Hynes, honorary treasurer, were pleased to announce that the scheme had been taken in charge by Limerick County Council.
Over the past two years, the council have updated the scheme.
A public meeting of scheme members - a total of 86 - was convened in April 2008 and unanimously agreed that any funds accumulated over the years be donated to a local charity - the Daughters of Charity St Vincent’s Centre in Lisnagry.
Michael Hearne, of the Lisnagry Association, wished to thank the members’ kindness in donating the money and it will certainly be put to good use.
“We have the facility - the building is built - it is just a question of equipping and providing the expenses necessary to get therapists. We are hoping to develop it and have it on a permanent basis,” said Mr Hearne.
He described a sensory room as a place where therapies will be provided to service users.
“It is all about making life as pleasant and as easy as possible for the service user. These therapies are just phenomenal.
“I think they have a great future and I think it is the way to go. Some of the people in St Vincent’s are not able to take part in work.
“Hopefully therapy will make them more aware of their surroundings and get a positive response from them,” said Mr Hearne, who was joined at the cheque presentation by Patrick Collins, Rory McDermot and Donal O’Heidhin, of the Caherline group water scheme, Richard Curtin, Lisnagry Association, and Sr Sheila Ryan, administrator and director of nursing at St Vincent’s Centre,