Huge support for local SVP bridge
fundraiser

Pat Hourican, artist, looks on as Pauline Lyons picks up first prize on behalf of Maura Kelly with Beatrice McDermott, Trixie McGarry, Kathleen Mimnagh and Mary Redmond. Photos: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
The Bridge drive which was held to raise some much needed funds for St Mel’s Conference St Vincent de Paul (SVP) was a resounding success.

The Bridge drive which was held to raise some much needed funds for St Mel’s Conference St Vincent de Paul (SVP) was a resounding success.

The event which included the drive and a raffle was held at Slashers Complex last weekend and raised €3,630. There were also numerous spot prizes on the night, kindly donated by local businesses and supporters of SVP.

President of St Mel’s SVP, Kathleen Mimnagh paid tribute to all those who helped to make the fundraiser so successful and pointed to the importance of charitable organisations in the community.

“We were absolutely delighted with the money that was raised,” she said, adding that €1,930 emerged from the proceeds of the raffle while the remaining €1,700 was raised from the bridge night.

“We had a full turnout; the complex was full and there was a fantastic atmosphere throughout. All the spot prizes were donated by local businesses, bridge players and supporters of the organisation. We also had a beautiful painting by Pat Hourican for the raffle - that was a wonderful prize.”

Ms Mimnagh went on to say that while urban areas were now showing signs of economic recovery, rural areas were not experiencing a similar outcome. “There are people in rural Ireland who have fallen on very hard times,” she added. “While there are signs of recovery in urban centres, that is not the case in rural Ireland. The money that we raised will be put to very good use in Longford.”

The next big fundraising event for the local SVP will be the Christmas Appeal. With just weeks before that campaign kicks off, Ms Mimnagh warned of the continuous cuts in government spending and the negative impact this was having on families across the county. “The Christmas Appeal is one of our biggest fundraisers and that is just around the corner at this stage,” the local president continued. “We will once again be appealing to everyone locally to please support this very important appeal and I want to take the opportunity to thank all those who continue to support the work that we do here in Longford.”