Pioneer group says it needs funds urgently to stay open
AN organisation set up more than a century ago to campaign against alcohol-related problems has warned it faces closure this year unless it gets urgent funding.
The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association (PTAA), which was set up in Dublin in 1898 by Fr James Cullen, has projected a €100,000 deficit this year.
PTAA chief executive Padraig Brady has warned members that its worsening financial position "is about to reach crisis point".
"The association and central office are facing closure this year unless we receive an urgent injection of funds," he said in a letter addressed to members.
Although membership has declined considerably, there are still more than 100,000 Pioneers in Ireland today.
Appealing for help, he has asked for a contribution of €10 per member to boost finances which have been hit by a decline in circulation of its 'Pioneer' magazine and by a fall in "other income sources".
"Let me state categorically that I believe with the active and ongoing support and belief of its members, the Pioneers can survive and overcome its financial crisis," he said.
"I believe acting swiftly and resourcefully to this appeal will give us a strong bid at averting the closure, which threatens the future of our cherished and valued association."