Lions' Club raise €40k for worthy Kerry causes

Simon Brouder

A group of 15 worthy causes across the county are set to benefit from this year's Tralee Lion's Club Annual Golf Classic.

This year marked the 43rd running of the popular classic and hundreds descended on Tralee Golf Club in Barrow for the event.

The yearly Golf Classic is the Tralee Lions Club's biggest annual fundraiser and this year the event raised a massive sum of over €40,000 for local charities.

This is an all time record for the event and easily eclipses the previous record of around €20,000 that was set at the event in 2016.

On Monday Tralee Lions Club President Brendan Kenny distributed the money to the representatives of 15 deserving charities.

The charities which received money were the Carers' Association; the Tralee and West Kerry Branch of MS Ireland; Fenit Life Boat; the Kerry Hospice Foundation; Ballyheigue Inshore Rescue; Pieta House Kerry; Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone; Animal Help Net Kerry; Novas Initiatives; Inspired; the Kerry Information and Disability Services Team; Open Arms Kerry; Irish Guide Dogs; the St John's Ashe St Fund and the Kerry Head/Ballyheigue Resource Centre.

Funds raised from the event also assisted with organising the Tralee community bus outing that is co-ordinated jointly each year between the Lions Club and the local Community Garda.

The club also continues to support many other local projects including the Tralee Soup Kitchen; Meals on Wheels; Hawley Park School and Eagle Lodge.

President Brendan Kenny thanked everyone who supported the event by way of sponsoring a team or tee box.

He paid special tribute to the Lions' many loyal supporters and sponsors who make the annual trip to Barrow to assist in the club's fundraising efforts. The Club President also thanked Teddy Reynolds and Michael Higgins for organising the event.

As he closed proceedings, Mr Kenny also congratulated the team who won this year's classic. The team, sponsored by Ballyroe Hotel was comprised of John Collins, Louie Quinlan, Michael Coote and John Paul Enright.


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