There will be comedy and entertainment galore on Sunday 12th June in the Bent Elbow, Drumlish when a feast of acts grace the stage one of which will be John Colleary from RTE’s The Savage Eye and to see this comic craftsman live, €10 is all that is required. This Saturday night’s fun is just one a series of events taking place in June to raise funds for The Disabled People of Longford, DPOL.
DPOL, based in the Phoenix Centre in Longford town have scheduled a string of fund raising initiatives for its members throughout the month of June.“A lot of hard work has gone into organising these events and we’re very grateful for the donations we have received from the local residents and businesses” committee member Trish O’Hara reported. The organising committee consists of seven people who collaborated and conceived these projects which are dispersed over a period of three weekends.
A celebration Dance to be held in the Rugby Club on Saturday 18th June will complete the fundraising programme and admission is a generous €15. Those associated with the schemes have devoted their time on a non-monetary basis typifying the communal spirit attached to it. The commercial contribution has been staggering. Citrus Orange, Photographer Shelley Corcoran, Rapid Print and Village Flowers in Drumlish are just a brief sample from the broad list. In concurrence with personally donating to the organisation, there is a facility on their website www.dpol.ie which was created by Kevin Murphy and Daniel Quinn of Citrus Orange, for people to make on-line donations. “We use a bus to transport patients to and from appointments and our current one needs replacing. It’s a vital asset especially for those living in rural areas so the money raised will be used for that. The play ‘Anyone Can Rob A Bank’, was hosted for the benefit of our organisationrecently and we really appreciate their help” Trish said. The voluntary association has been acting as an ambassador for the physically impaired since its inauguration in 1993 and the establishment has undergone major transition over the years. It began as a humble resource centre powered by a wheelchair accessible and then evolved into a social housing organisation in 2008. It’s central purpose is to represent the disabled, lobby for equality enabling members to adjust to society and most importantly bridging the gap between the able and the disabled.