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Friday 18 April 2014

From collection buckets direct to local charities

Reverend Arthur Minion and Fr Jim Fegan prepare for the annual fast outside St. Iberius Church.

'There will be no top-ups,' declared Fr. Jim Fegan as he embarked on a Christmas fundraising fast with the Reverend Arthur Minion.

'There will be no top-ups,' declared Fr. Jim Fegan as he embarked on a Christmas fundraising fast with the Reverend Arthur Minion.

'All the money collected will go directly to the charities,' said the Wexford priest.

Fr. Fegan and his Church of Ireland counterpart will fast for four days outside St. Iberius Church on the Main Street, beginning this Saturday morning, December 21 and finishing on Christmas Eve at 5 p.m.

The annual event has raised over half a million Euro since it was started almost 20 years ago by the late Reverend Norman Ruddock.

For the past few years, Fr. Fegan and a changing line-up of fellow fasters have collected approximately €40,000 each Christmas.

He and Rev. Minion, who joined the fast for the first time last year, are hoping for a similar display of generosity this year.

The money will be divided between the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Ozanam House, Wexford Women's Refuge and the Philippines relief fund.

'This is my 16th year,' said Fr. Fegan. 'People ask me do I enjoy it but I'm not sure that's the right way to put it.'

'We hope the people of Wexford will be as generous as they have always been,' he said.

'In light of what has been happening in relation to charities, people should know that with us, there's no middleman - the money goes directly to the charities.'

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