Bray Lions bring 20 local senior citizens on holiday to Trabolgan
A group of 20 senior citizens will be guests of Bray Lions Club on a week-long summer holiday in East Cork, starting this week.
They will join 600 senior citizens from all over Ireland on the seven day all-inclusive holiday from June 7 to 14.
'We are delighted to once again host a group of senior citizens and a family on this year's Lions Club Holiday in Trabolgan,' said Karl O'Broin, president of Bray Lions Club. 'In order to fund this project we are holding a Golf Outing at Bray Golf Club on Friday, June 28, and we are looking forward to the support of the people of Bray. To sign up, go to braylions.ie.'
Now in its 39th year, the annual Lions Clubs holiday has already hosted more than 30,000 guests who would otherwise not have enjoyed a summer holiday. The holidaymakers are sponsored by local Lions Clubs and are accompanied throughout the week by a team of 70 Lions volunteers as well as specialist medical and support staff.
Guests are given an opportunity to avail of health checks during the week and there is a full programme of activities and entertainment.
The first Lions Holiday was organized in 1981 by Dublin Lions Club to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the club. The venue then was the Mosney Holiday Centre and it grew into an annual event organized by the Lions Clubs of Ireland.
Following the closure of Mosney as a holiday centre in 2001, Lions moved to Trabolgan Holiday Village in East Cork where the holiday has since been located. Events include dancing, competitions, supervised aqua aerobics, a daily walking challenge, bus tours and shows each evening. Minibuses and buggies are on hand to transport those with walking difficulties and medical assistance, including an Order of Malta mobile unit, is on hand 24 hours a day.
'One of the great attractions of the annual Lions Holiday is that it allows the guests to network with their peers,' said project chairman Donal Browning. 'They tell us that they really enjoy meeting people of their own age, exchanging anecdotes and their life experiences. In Trabolgan they can be completely themselves in a very safe and cared-for environment, where all of their needs are met from medical, to food, to entertainment and activity.'
Lions District Governor Frank O'Donoghue paid tribute to the volunteers from all over the country who make the annual holiday possible. 'Lions Club members have shown great enthusiasm, over 39 years in organising local groups for the holiday, accompanying guests throughout the week and fundraising.'