Since last Christmas, €46,853.50 has been raised for the Attic House Teen Project through various charitable fundraising initiatives and Foróige Regional Officer James Maher is expressing thanks on behalf of the members and volunteers of the Foróige Attic Youth Café.
In addition to the local fundraising, Longford County Council and the Municipal Authority have backed the proposal with €60,000.
However, his message of thanks was tinged with some frustration. “It has been a major journey for the team in the Attic to secure funding with many empty promises falling on our door but we have been sincerely touched by the huge support of the local Longford people.”
Mr Maher stated, “It has been a rollercoaster year for the Attic Youth Café with disappointment after disappointment. Many politicians including An Taoiseach Enda Kenny himself visited the project and commended the work that is carried out and unfortunately we were left without the government backing which is not unusual for our small county.”
Mr Maher said it is the continued support from the community of Longford that has really kept the torch lit on ‘The Attic House Teen Project’ on the Ballinalee Road and drives them on to be more determined to have their voices heard in 2015.
He said The Attic are delighted to be chosen as this year’s charity for the Shane Brennan Run on St Stephen’s Day and he outlined that they have joined forces with their community partners in the Temperance Hall to stage Longford’s first Strictly Come Dancing competition on February 7, 2015.
The following have supported the Attic with donations over the past twelve months;
Columba Quinn, Aidan & Joyce O’Hara, Mel Diffley, Clem Sullivan, Laurel Lodge, John Quinn, Joe Durkin, Frank Gearty, Raymond Lyons, Christy Deely, Cablecom, C&D Pet Foods Ltd, Longford Credit Union, McCarricks, Nuala McGowan, Hair By Ronan, Dr Paul Trueick, Fergus A Feeney, Ray & Fidelma Fenlon, Kevin & Siobhan Flanagan, John & Trish Nugent, Seamus Butler, Padraig O’Kane, Paul Gurney, Padraig Loughrey, Longford Tennis Club,
Eddie McHugh, Fr Tom Healy, Longford Variety Group, St Martha’s Hostel, Dr Niall Walsh, Bishop Colm O’Reilly, Cnoc Mhuire Granard, Grey Wizard Design, Rose Considine, Declan Rowley, St Joseph’s National School Longford, Mean Scoil Mhuire Longford, Kanes Travel, Kanes Buses, An Gaelscoil Longfoirt, Melview National School, Connellans, John Quinn,
St Eimear’s National School Longford, Sean & Donal Considine, Sr Dorothy, Brendan Gilmore Security, St Mel’s College, Melanie Rattigan, Patrick Carberry, Longford Bridge Club, Lions Club, Ark Energy Consulting LTD, Longford Business Forum, Margaret Larkin, Youth Bank, May Donlon, Longford Enterprise Board and Judge Seamus Hughes.
Mr Maher concluded, “We would like to thank you all and wish the community a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.”
If you wish to support the Attic House Teen Project please contact Ruth McGarry Quinn, Chairperson of the Attic Management Committee, on 087 2626806.