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Donations made to three charities from funds raised by Christmas Remembrance Tree

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At the presentation of Rotary Remembrance Tree funds: Michael J. Connolly, chair of Remembrance Tree committee, Marita Murphy, Dementia Support, Pauline Leonard, Wicklow Cancer Support and Peter Byrne, President, Rotary Club of Wicklow.

At the presentation of Rotary Remembrance Tree funds: Michael J. Connolly, chair of Remembrance Tree committee, Marita Murphy, Dementia Support, Pauline Leonard, Wicklow Cancer Support and Peter Byrne, President, Rotary Club of Wicklow.

At the presentation of Rotary Remembrance Tree funds: Michael J. Connolly, chair of Remembrance Tree committee, Marita Murphy, Dementia Support, Pauline Leonard, Wicklow Cancer Support and Peter Byrne, President, Rotary Club of Wicklow.

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THE Rotary Club of Wicklow Remembrance Tree raised €8,000 during the period leading up to last Christmas.

Local voluntary organisations benefit from the funds raised including the main charities this year – Wicklow Cancer Support and Wicklow Dementia Support.

Peter Byrne, President of Wicklow Rotary Club attended the recent presentation to Pauline Leonard, Wicklow Cancer Support and Marita Murphy, Dementia Support held at a reception which took place at Wicklow Golf Club last week.

Mr Byrne said: “The Remembrance Tree changed its location to Fitzwilliam Square which was the first time Wicklow has had a tree in this central location. This proved to be a successful move as the renovated square proved an ideal venue. Wicklow people and visitors to the town, gave generously once again to this worthy cause.”

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Michael J. Connolly, chair of the Rotary Remembrance Tree committee added: “The Remembrance Tree has established itself as a popular meeting place leading up to Christmas and is an established event in Rotary's fundraising programme.

“Apart from the new location we made a number of other changes including a return to the facility whereby donators could write their messages to departed loved on ribbons which were then placed on the tree. In addition to making cash donations, we also collected funds via an onsite mobile credit card, while people also availed of the Remembrance Tree QR code scanning facility.”

President Byrne thanked Cooney Parle Accountants for sponsoring the tree and the many volunteers who collected funds and those who installed the 25-foot tree.

He said: “On behalf of Rotary I would like to thank Michael Connolly who co-ordinated the project and also Charlie Kelly of Ballyfree Garden Sheds, Noel Heatley, Craig Bradshaw, Jim Hurley of Euroforest and Colm Smith of Smith's Electric."

He also thanked Wicklow County Council.

“The help of the Council was really appreciated especially from former CEO Frank Curran and his staff including Alan Martin, and Aideen Russell. We hope this collaboration continues well into the future."

The Remembrance Tree is one of a number of fund raising and other projects carried out by Rotary. The club has just completed its the Youth Leadership Development Competition and a number of other events are planned during the spring.


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