Sunday 21 July 2019

St Michael's House get a 'vantastic' gift from Swords Lions Club

Conor Kenny, Christopher Coughlan and Greg Lewis
Conor Kenny, Christopher Coughlan and Greg Lewis
Sean Sandford from Swords & District Lions Club
Greg Lewis, President of Swords and District Lions Club and Conor Kenny, Director of Adult Services at St. Michaels House pictured at the presentation ceremony in Swords Castle

Christmas came early for St. Michael's House Thanks to Swords and District Lions Club as they unveiled the incredible gift of an accessible bus for the organisation.

Thanks to a mammoth fundraising effort on behalf of the local Lions's Club, St Michael's House service users in the area now have a brand new bus to take them where they need to go.

The extraordinary gift was handed over the grateful charity earlier this month and St Michael's house have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the local Lions Club and all their supporters who contributed to the fundraising drive that has resulted in the brand new bus.

St. Michael's House, one of Ireland's largest providers of community-based services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, received the incredible gift of a wheelchair accessible bus from friends in the Swords and District Lions Club.

The club presented the bus to St. Michael's House at a ceremony in Swords Castle, recently.

The generous donation will put to use at the Swords based Seatown and Oaklands units.

The six seater combi bus will be used to transport local service users and provide further opportunities for them to enjoy local community activities.

The presentation by the Swords and District Lions Club is the largest ever donation by the club since the branch was founded in 1985.

The money was raised through various initiatives including the annual golf classic and the annual music gala in Swords Castle.

Greg Lewis, President of the Swords Lions Club said: 'The financing of this project would not have been possible without the support and generosity of the people of Swords and District over the years.

'The club offers local people the opportunity to give something back to their community, generally this is done to provide for the needy in our society.

'I'm particularly proud today of our association with St Michael's House who are doing tremendous work not only in Swords, but nationally with limited resources.'

Conor Kenny, Director of Adult Services of St. Michael's House in the Swords Area said: 'We are so grateful to the Swords and District Lions Club for their dedicated fundraising initiatives for the fully accessible combi-van.

'The donated bus will directly benefit service users in Swords and surrounding areas.

'On behalf of St. Michael's House I would like to thank each and every member of the committee for their hard work.'

The Lions Club are an integral part of the community in Swords and surrounding areas, fundraising for those in need and supporting local, national and international initiatives and projects, including: Christmas food appeal, suicide awareness and prevention programmes, fundraising for senior citizen's holidays and the used spectacle appeal programme for third world countries.

Well done to the Swords and District Lions Club for their incredible fundraising efforts.

Fingal Independent