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Helping key service to survive cuts

KIERAN HELPS KERRY FRIENDS SURVIVE BUDGET CUTS

DÓNAL NOLAN

Published 16/01/2013 | 09:16

Credit: Photo by John Reidy

NEARLY €6,000 was raised by a young Ballyduff man for the charity that takes such fantastic care of his brother - after he learned the charity was to face serious cuts following this year's Budget.

Kieran Houlihan from Ballyduff was this week credited as having played a major part in securing finance in 2013 for the Kerry Parents' and Friends' Association (KPFA) after he organised the Ballyduff Halloween Festival in its aid.

Kieran's brother John is one of the scores of north Kerry and west Limerick members of the KPFA centre in Listowel - a centre recognised as among the best in the country for the quality of care and tuition it offers.

"They're fantastic, my brother John is like a new person and looks forward to attending Listowel every day, five days a week," Kieran told The Kerryman. "When I heard that the government was going to cut the budget to the sector this year I said I had to do something about it and got together with John Walsh at Your Man's Bar in my home village of Ballyduff to organise the Halloween Festival."

The men set about their mission with huge enthusiasm, organising a fancy dress parade, darts tournament, vintage car/tractor run, an indoor soccer tournament, table quiz and more as part of the Halloween programme. This week they presented a cheque for over €5,800 to the KPFA.

"This was an amazing fundraiser for us and we're so thankful to Kieran who is a wonderful young man and to John Walsh for all their efforts," KPFA Listowel Chairperson Bernie Daly said. "This money will make all the difference to our operations in 2013 and we're extremely grateful for it."

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