Granard Community Centre hosted a Charity Whist Drive on St Patrick's night to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI).
This was the second time in as many years in which Granard Community Centre held a Whist Drive for MDI.
The event was organised at the request of 101 year old Anne Byrne from Ardagh, Co Longford who is a regular whist player and requested that all funds raised from this event to go towards support services for adults with muscular dystrophy as her nephew Hubert McCormack (originally from Legan, Co Longford) has muscular dystrophy and has been working for the organisation for over 27 years.
Hubert attended on the night and spoke about the work of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland and the importance that events like this make from both an awareness and fundraising perspective.
He thanked everyone for attending and buying tickets, and for playing their part in helping to raise the fabulous amount of €783 for MDI.
After the event, Anne (who will be 102 in July) told Hubert that she was delighted to be able to continue to help raise funds for MDI and said that she hopes to arrange for another Whist Drive to be held again next year, to mark her 103rd birthday.
On behalf of MDI, Hubert would especially like to thank:
Martin Clyne and Seamus Coyle (from Granard Community) for agreeing to organise and host this event, his cousins Gerard Leavy and Una Byrne (from Ardagh) for their support, and his aunt Anne for requesting that the proceeds go to MDI. All funds raised have been sent to MDI and will go towards adult support services as requested.
Muscular dystrophy is the collective name for a range of neuromuscular conditions, which are characterised by the progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles. It can affect both adults and children.
Muscular Dystrophy Ireland aims to provide information and support to people with neuromuscular conditions and their families through a range of support services, such as Family Support Services, Youth Services, Respite Support, Information and Research.
For more information about Muscular Dystrophy please visit: www.mdi.ie or call (01) 6236414.