Limerick Thomond Rotary Club Annual Christmas Remembrance Tree launched

Limerick Thomond Rotary Club Annual Christmas Remembrance Tree

Pictured at the launch of the Limerick Thomond Rotary Club Annual Christmas Remembrance Tree were Mayor Sean Lynch, Members of the Limerick Thomond Rotary Club and representatives from Cuain Mhuire, Irish Red Cross Limerick Branch, and Oesophageal Cancer Fund.. Picture: Maxine Bramley/ilovelimerick.

Limerick Thomond Rotary Club Annual Christmas Remembrance Tree launched

By ilovelimerick correspondent Frances Watkins

The official launch of the Limerick Thomond Rotary Club Annual Christmas Remembrance Tree took place on Monday the 4th of December at 12noon on Bedford Row. The project was launched by Mayor Sean Lynch, Conn Murray, Chief Executive of Limerick City & County Council, Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan, and representatives of this year’s recipient charities – Cuain Mhuire, Irish Red Cross Limerick Branch, and Oesophageal Cancer Fund. 

The Limerick Thomond Rotary Club Annual Christmas Remembrance Tree Project has been running in partnership with Limerick City and County Council, since 2009 and has raised over €130,000 over that time. The Christmas Remembrance Tree Project provides a public space where people can remember loved ones who have died and loved ones who are unable to be at home for the Christmas holidays. People write the name of a loved one on a yellow ribbon and have it placed on the tree. There is no charge and voluntary donations are accepted.

Limerick Thomond Rotary Club Annual Christmas Remembrance Tree

Mayor Sean Lynch officially launching the Limerick Thomond Rotary Club Annual Christmas Remembrance Tree. Picture: Maxine Bramley/ilovelimerick

The Limerick Area of the Irish Red Cross was founded in 1940 with just a small number of members. They now have more than 600 members actively volunteering for the Irish Red Cross in Limerick City and County. The organisation offers a range of services including first aid and ambulance cover at events, first aid training, health and social care support and a Red Cross Youth section.

Cuan Mhuire is Ireland’s largest voluntary provider of Addiction Treatment Services and Residential Rehabilitation. Its main objective is the rehabilitation of persons suffering from alcohol, drug and gambling addictions. The Cuan Mhuire Programme is based on the philosophy of total abstinence and strives to restore the confidence, self-respect and sense of responsibility of all participants.

Established in 2001 the Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF) is a registered charity and voluntary organisation, which has grown to be the national voice representing oesophageal cancer in Ireland.

Their aim is to raise awareness of the symptoms related to oesophageal cancer and to provide funding for research into the disease.

Rotary Clubs bring together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.

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