Fervent canvassing is under way in Edgeworthstown at the moment but it's not local political aficionados who are doing all the work - it's supporters of the Edgeworthstown Homework Club.
The Edgeworthstown Homework Club, part of St Mary's Childcare Campus, has been short-listed for the 2011 EBS National Community Fund which has a top prize of 10,000 euro. Winners are chosen by public vote and so the organisation is canvassing the people of Longford for their votes.
"It would be a huge amount of money for us to win," Margaret Glancy, Manager of St Mary's Childcare Campus agreed this week. The club has been in operation since 2007 and winning the top prize would give them an opportunity to upgrade a lot of the games and equipment they use.
The facility currently caters for around 40 children after school every day.
"They come into us at 2.10pm or 3.10pm and they get a hot meal and then supervised homework and then they are entertained!" Margaret explained.
However, it's not about lounging around and chilling out, as entertainment includes sports and games such as tennis, badminton, football, board games and much more.
The campus is located in the grounds of St Mary's National School and as such has ideal facilities for members of the Homework Club. The club is part of the St Mary's Childcare Campus which also caters for babies, toddlers and pre-school children.
In the summertime, they also run camps for local children. There are 21 staff members at the facility including a number of CE workers. It is a community based childcare facility so working parents pay a fee for their children to attend and the group receives subvention for the children of parents who are not working.
The Homework Club was shortlisted for EBS National Community Fund in Longford after beating off stiff competition from other community groups throughout the county.
Betty Martin of Longford EBS said that the National Community Fund was looking for "one extraordinary group to be chosen by the public from the organisations shortlisted. All over Ireland, groups and organisations are working to improve the welfare of their local communities by selflessly giving up their time to help others. The EBS Community Fund has given these groups the chance to be recognised and rewarded for their amazing contribution to their local communities."
Members of the public can find vote for the Edgeworthstown Homework Club at www.ebs.ie.
The group with the most votes will be awarded the overall National EBS Community Fund prize of 10,000 euro. The competition is open until January 31.