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Sunday 20 April 2014

Doggie nights add up to €830k for St Joseph's

Eleanor Fitzsimons presenting a sponsorship cheque to Conor Counihan, CEO St. Joseph's Foundation for their greyhound benefit night with Eamon McCarthy, chairman board of directors (left) and Tony Fitzsimons.

The 26th annual Greyhound Benefit Night for St. Joseph's Foundation in Charleville will be held at Curraheen Greyhound Stadium Cork on Saturday 6th July. Details of the forthcoming meeting, which is one of the major fund raising events for the foundation, were announced at a function in the Forge Restaurant last week that was attended by sponsors and members of the organising committee.

The 26th annual Greyhound Benefit Night for St. Joseph's Foundation in Charleville will be held at Curraheen Greyhound Stadium Cork on Saturday 6th July. Details of the forthcoming meeting, which is one of the major fund raising events for the foundation, were announced at a function in the Forge Restaurant last week that was attended by sponsors and members of the organising committee.

Foundation chairman, Eamon McCarthy paid tribute to the organising committee, now led by Paul O'Shea, and thanked them for their dedication and continuing enthusiasm since the meeting was started some 26 years ago. "Since then you have raised in excess of €830,000 for St. Joseph's and this money has been allocated to the provision of respite care for children. These funds have been a major factor in providing this invaluable service for children and their families and the Foundation is very mindful of the part you have played in this respect," he said.

Mr. McCarthy thanked the sponsors of the 12 races and associated raffle, many of whom have been committed to the greyhound meeting for many years. He also thanked the new sponsors for their support this year. "The patronage we receive from our sponsors and the general public through our fund raising events held throughout the year enables us to continue to provide a comprehensive service at St. Joseph's, but recent cutbacks means that the foundation is not in a position to provide as comprehensive a service as we would like," he said.

Mr. McCarthy said that without the finance derived from the greyhound meeting and other events it would not be possible to sustain respite care for children. He expressed sincere gratitude to everybody who organised and contributed to their finance raising activities throughout the year. He also thanked the Foundation's fund administrator Ms Maura Twomey for her work with the committee.

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