FOLLOWING a very successful recent Craft Fair at Árus Lorcáin in aid of the Mother Kevin Missions the organisers would like to sincerely thank all those who showed their support.
The annual fair once again proved very popular and successful despite unfortunate weather conditions over the weekend.
The variety of crafts on sale was wonderful and for many craftspeople it was their second year to participate.
A very happy and social atmosphere prevailed and the stallholders were delighted with the sales.
Supporters of Mother Kevin Missions will know that the Craft Fair is part of the annual three-fold fundraising campaign which also includes a Carol Service and Coffee Morning.
This is the only time of year when the local community is asked to show their support and all funds raised greatly benefit the work of the Franciscan Missionaries in South Africa which were founded by native Arklow nun Mother Kevin Kearney.
In the 1990's when Pastoral Development was new in the parish, Arklow twinned with the Mother Kevin Missions under a Justice and Peace project. In the years since then, all the money raised at this annual event has gone directly to the sisters to be used to train women to be self supporting wage earners, for education, nursing the dying and the abandoned and for looking after the elderly and ophans.
The second and third parts of the fundraiser take place on Sunday, December 23 after morning mass where hot chocolate and seasonal mince pies, cake and biscuits along with home backing will be served followed by a raffle.
In the afternoon a collection takes place at the Parish Carol Service in the church. The total amount for the craft fair, coffee morning and collection will be greatly appreciated by Mother Kevin's sisters as they continue their good work.