THE Caring and Sharing Association (CASA) collection was held in the Peninsula on Saturday last, when a trailer kindly donated by Hanlon Transport was made available at Cooley Parochial Hall and this became the main donation centre.
From early morning, there was a constant stream of callers to the trailer making their donations.
The team of volunteers at the hall were overwhelmed by the quantity of donations and the generous spirit in which each donation was given.
At 1pm, the 40' trailer was filled to capacity and the doors were closed. The morning's work was complete.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, long before dawn had broken, another team of volunteers were swinging into action.
At 5am, Hanlon Transport's truck left the yard in Greenore, bound for the CASA depot in the heart of the inner city of Dublin.
Following behind the truck were 10 men, eager and willing to help others regardless of the early hour of the morning.
Shortly after 6am,
the truck arrived in Dublin with the lorry load of caring and sharing wrapped in simple black plastic bags.
One by one, the bags were off loaded, then very carefully the bric a brac was off-loaded CASA charity Capel Street.
By 7am, the job was complete, and Hanlon Transport's lorry and their team of volunteers were homeward bound.
The goods will now be sorted and distributed among the chain of CASA charity shops nationwide.
The proceeds from the sale of all of the donated goods will now be used to provide support and friendship for disabled people.
Sixty sick or disabled people will travel to Lourdes on Friday next, and accompanying them will be a team of 70 CASA volunteers, comprising doctors, nurses, and lay people, travelling at their own expense, ensuring that each disabled person receives one-to-one care, thus getting the most from the pilgrimage.
For further information on CASA, contact www.casa.ie or telephone 01 8725300.
To make further donations to CASA, contact Anne 086 3938289. into the shop in