Despite the main event being called off due to stormy conditions, the members of Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club (WHBTC) still managed to raise a healthy sum for one of the county's most deserving organisations.
With a special evening of tennis, followed by a steak dinner and raffle, planned in aid of Pieta House, the club were forced to skip straight to the main course as rain and gale-force winds made play impossible. However, a total of €800 was raised for Pieta House, a non-profit organisation which provides specialised treatment programmes for people who have suicidal ideation or who participate in self-harming.
'Unfortunately the tennis got rained out,' said Austin Pender of WHBTC. 'But the food was sponsored by various members and we had a draw where the first prize was a week in the South of England. There was a couple of sports bags and books, and some gifts from Selskar Pharmacy and a lovely gift box from Boggans.'
And, according to Austin, many of those in attendance were happy to donate money without receiving anything in return.
'Tickets were only €5 each but a few people just dropped €50 in' confirmed Austin who described Pieta House as a 'special service'.
Discussing the club's other charity work, Austin also praised the efforts of the 'Purple Paddlers', a local group who recently raised for €1,400 for breast cancer research.