Pioneers back from brink as cash ran dry
THE Pioneer Association has been saved from the brink of closure after receiving €108,000 in contributions following a nationwide public appeal, writes Mark Hilliard.
Despite falling considerably short of its €300,000 target, the organisation said the response to its pleas will ensure its survival for at least another two years.
Reacting to the donations, chief executive Padraig Brady said: "The Celtic Tiger has come and gone and I think people realised there was more to life."
The nationwide drive has now been extended until the end of 2011 to help bolster an organisation that has been around for 113 years but which has watched its membership decline in recent years.
The money will be used to help fund the roughly 1,000 branches around the country.
The Pioneers was formed to promote moderation in life, particularly in relation to alcohol, and traditionally its members swore a lifetime's abstention.