Sunday 24 February 2019

Cullen has your New Year vows sorted

Cullen Special needs association gearing up for annual weigh-in

John Tarrant

Lounging around at Christmas time and piling on those extra festive pounds from the calorie filled big meals and the celebrations that go with it ... fear not, for Cullen and District Special Needs Association are again coming to the rescue.

They are seeking patrons across the Duhallow region and beyond to burn up the calories from its annual weigh-in that commences on Monday night, January 7 at 8pm in Cullen Community Centre with jiving classes and dancing an added attraction to get into a fit routine.

Secretary Moira O'Keeffe states that the popular association are seeking support and look forward to meeting new and old friends.

"This is a most successful fundraising event and we look forward to meeting old and new friends again early in the New Year," said Moira.

"Voluntary fundraising is hugely important. In the past 40 years the association has helped to provide a service and a link that has helped and will continue to enable centres achieve high standards and maintain services for those with special needs, who are most vulnerable in our society.

"From that period of time, thousands of euros have been raised through the generous sponsorship of our loyal and dedicated participants in our annual sponsored weigh-in and in later years our vintage afternoon has also been a huge success both financially and socially," she said.

The 2019 programme commences in Cullen Community Centre and will conclude on Monday, March 11. Dr Pat Casey will again be in attendance with his weighing scales, and a feature this year will be jiving classes conducted by Aisling and Leanne, beginning on Monday, January 14. On the closing night, the Cullen association will again be inviting representatives of the various centres, where friends are educated.

"Over recent years, we've made similar presentations; they all replied and expressed their sincere gratitude and deepest appreciation for this financial boost, paying tribute to the generosity of the Cullen association and their many supporters who support the various fundraising projects," said Moira.

"All agreed that this year their needs are greater more than ever and voluntary fundraising is hugely important to enable these centres to achieve high standards and services to care for those with special needs.

"We invite patrons to support our 34th weigh-in, and jive your weight off. Put on the dancing shoes and try a new way of getting active to boost weight loss, improve fitness and energy", she added.