THE Kerry Hospice Foundation got involved with 'The Gathering 2013' when 170 friends, members and supporters came together on Friday to celebrate the outstanding success that the foundation is today.
The event took place in the Palliative Care Unit in KGH and honoured all the work that has been done since its founding in 1990. The hospice paid tribute to their many unsung heroes, those who have stood on cold and rainy street corners, or undertaken various fundraisers around the county.
Volunteers and fundraisers from all parts of Kerry were in attendance on the night, including representatives from such novel fundraisers as the Four Peaks Challenge, Macra Bed Push, Anonymous Art Night and the Great Irish Marathon.
Master of ceremonies Micheál Ó Suilleabháin entertained the group and Michael Gaffney produced some wonderful music.
Both Dr Billy O'Sullivan and Ted Moynihan paid homage to the volunteers who have built the Hospice from two homecare nurses 20 years ago, through the opening of the day care unit in 2007, to the point where the Hospice is on the cusp of opening a 15 bed in-patient unit in 2015.
"These people have made the Hospice what it is today, and without them it just could not happen," said Ted Moynihan. "They have brought us this far, and I know that over the next two years they will help us to raise the money to get the in-patient unit over the line," he added.
It is a facility that Kerry badly needs, and if the determination of those in attendance on Friday night is anything to go by, then sooner rather than later Kerry will have a state of the art unit of which everyone can be justifiably proud.