Tuesday 24 October 2017

Festive Memorial Tree will run over six days

Alison Comyn

THE ROTARY Club of Drogheda's annual memorial tree has been a regular sight in Drogheda over the past number of years, and this year it is set to run over six days, from Monday December 16 to Wednesday 18 December, and Sunday December 22nd right through to Christmas Eve.

The Drogheda Rotary Christmas Memorial Tree has become a great way to remember loved ones who have passed on, as well as to raise thousands for local charities.

'The idea behind the memorial tree is that people can remember loved ones who have passed away by writing a message on a memorial card, and we will attach the card to a yellow ribbon on the tree,' said Richard Schmidt, President of Drogheda Rotary Club.

'The person can then give a donation of any amount they choose, and these donations will then go towards local charitable services in our town; Rotary's Meals on Wheels Service, and Drogheda Youth Development's Boomerang Cafe.'

The Memorial Tree will be operating from three locations; the spectacular Christmas tree outside St. Peter's Church on West St., Tesco Extra on the Donore Road and in the Laurence Town Centre outside M&S.

If you are from Drogheda and are now living further afield, or if you would just like to make a donation by credit card or laser, you can do so online at

'You can leave a message in the message section, and we will transfer that message to a memorial card, and place it on a yellow ribbon on the Memorial Tree for you'.

The Rotary Club of Drogheda was established in 1946, and meet every Monday in the Westcourt Hotel. The Club has nearly 50 members who meet over lunch to discuss various charitable and fundraising initiatives and other Rotary business. Rotary Club members are volunteers who organise fundraising drives and awareness campaigns for various charities, both locally and internationally, under the motto 'Service Above Self'.

'One of the biggest Rotary projects is Meals on Wheels, which we have operated in Drogheda for the last 43 years. We provide over 60 hot nutritious meals and tasty deserts three times a week to the elderly and incapacitated in our local communities,' adds Richard.

'The recipient list is reviewed regularly with the input and assistance of the Public Health Nurses attached to the HSE in Drogheda.'

Drogheda Independent