VOLUNTEERISM is alive and well in Ballynanty, with three local people honoured for their contribution to local life at a ceremony in Thomond Park.
St Munchin’s family resource centre in Ballynanty hosted their volunteer awards and Christmas fundraising at the iconic stadium, and to celebrate the centre’s 25th anniversary.
The centre said this year’s volunteer awards celebrated the spirit of volunteerism, recognising the remarkable people across communities who selflessly give their time and services to benefit our local community.
The volunteer spirit awarded was presented by Labour Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan to Geraldine Daly, who has been volunteering with the centre for more than 10 years within the older people’s service.
Best newcomer of the year award went to Rose Ryan, who has been volunteering at the centre for the last twelve months within the same area.
The volunteer of the year award went to Sr. Maureen Mullen who has been volunteering at the centre for 13 years with afterschool children.
Labour city councillor Tom Shortt also attended the fundraiser, with presentations made to numerous other volunteers within the centre who have given five, 10 and 15 years’ service.
The centre provides a range of family support programmes to Limerick’s northside communities including childcare, youth work, family support programmes and services for older people, adult community education and other services such as confidential counselling, community garden and environmental projects.
The centre aims to respond to the needs of the local community by providing structures which facilitate local people to support each other and search for ways to improve the quality of life in their area.