Great group effort for good cause

Noreen Casey, Kerry Parents and Friends Association, (front, fourth from left) with a cheque for €7801 from the Biddy group. FRONT: Paul Cremin, Catherine Moynihan, Pat Moriarty and Eilis Lucey with Nuala O’Doherty, Eileen Scully, Mary Kissane, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Joan Healy, Sarah Griffin, Tim Kissane, Gerard Fitzgerald, Paudie Kissane, Phil Hanifin, Denis Crowley, Donie Doherty, Noel Lucey and Nike Kearney at The Holiday Inn, Killarney, on Friday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin
Noreen Casey, Kerry Parents and Friends Association, (front, fourth from left) with a cheque for €7801 from the Biddy group. FRONT: Paul Cremin, Catherine Moynihan, Pat Moriarty and Eilis Lucey with Nuala O’Doherty, Eileen Scully, Mary Kissane, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Joan Healy, Sarah Griffin, Tim Kissane, Gerard Fitzgerald, Paudie Kissane, Phil Hanifin, Denis Crowley, Donie Doherty, Noel Lucey and Nike Kearney at The Holiday Inn, Killarney, on Friday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Sinead Kelleher

The Kerry Parents and Friends Biddy Group has done the power of good for a most worthy cause over the years, and their latest late-January and early-February drive proved no exception.

It's very much a group effort, and every year they get together to travel around Kerry and parts of Limerick and Cork.

All the while, the members have two main aims in mind: to raise funds for the Kerry Parents and Friends Association, and to have a lot of fun along the way.

The Kerryman spoke to one member, Paul Cremin, following the latest drive, which raised just over €7,800, and he explained just what makes the group so successful.

"It's very much a team effort, and we come from different parts of the county" he explained.

"There's no boss, really. We're all in it together. There's about 20 of us, I suppose.

"We put in a good week, maybe more, ten days of going around to places in Kerry and just over the border in Cork and Limerick. We dress up, we go to houses and bars, events, and card games to collect funds, and we put on a bit of a show.

"It involves music, dancing, storytelling, that kind of thing. We've been going, I suppose, around 10 to 12 years now, and we've raised around €100,000 for Kerry Parents and Friends in that time."

The drives take place each year around St Brigid's Day, and the group's success speaks for itself.

It's all for an association that supports those with intellectual disabilities - and their families, of course - so you'd be hard-pressed to find a more worthy cause.

This year's drive culminated in a presentation at Holiday Inn, Killarney, and the funds are sure to do a lot of good for the association.

Paul explained that the group has never lost sight of that fundraising aim, and it's equally true to say that it hasn't lost sight of the most important factor helping them go about what they do: those who donate.

"As always, we'd like to thank those who donated to us," he said.

"All the group as well put in a mighty effort because, as you know, a lot of work goes into all these things," he added.

To find out more about the Kerry Parents and Friends Association, visit www.kpfa.ie.

There is a donation link on the website, and a contact form for anyone who'd like to organise a fund-raiser of their own for the association.

Kerryman

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