A night at the dogs to raise funds for local tidy towns

A fundraising initiative to raise some much needed funds for Longford Tidy Towns Committee takes place on Friday, May 18 next at Longford Dog Track, where gates will open at 7.30pm. The first race kicks off at 8pm and it is anticipated that there will be much excitement and plenty of competition on the night.

A fundraising initiative to raise some much needed funds for Longford Tidy Towns Committee takes place on Friday, May 18 next at Longford Dog Track, where gates will open at 7.30pm. The first race kicks off at 8pm and it is anticipated that there will be much excitement and plenty of competition on the night.

Chairperson of Longford Tidy Town’s Committee, Andy O’Dowd, who himself was honoured recently when he was awarded a county title accolade under the Tesco’s Community Champion initiative, said that the fundraiser was an annual event which proved very lucrative for the Committee.

“The fundraiser will include a night at the dogs here in Longford town,” he explained, adding that its aim was to raise funds “to help the Tidy Towns financially in the year ahead”.

“We are very dependent on it to keep our funds going and we would be hoping for plenty of support on the night. I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us in the past and would be encouraging people to come out in force to support this fundraiser again this year.

“We are very grateful to everyone who supports Longford Tidy Towns committee, because it enables us to keep the town tidy and makes Longford a better place for everyone to live in.”

Meanwhile, Mr O’Dowd remained upbeat about his Tesco Community Champions Award. “I was presented with the award for the amount of community work that I have done here in Longford,” he added.

“It was up to the public to decide the outcome and they voted for me, so I was both honoured and delighted with the award. This is the first year that Tesco have run this initiative and I think it is a great idea because it rewards the people who work hard in their communities.”

Cllr Paul Connell, who is head of the Community Champion initiative at Tesco Longford told the Leader this week that Mr O’Dowd had been “a very worthy” winner.

“The Community Champion recognises those who do a lot of work within the community,” he stated, adding that Mr O’Dowd had “done trojan work” in and around Longford town. “I’d like to congratulate Andy and thank him for all the work that he has done in Longford. I wish him health and good luck in the future.”

Cllr Connell also congratulated Attic Youth Cafe whose members received the runner up award in the Community Champion initiative.