Mayor Donates Christmas Card Allowance To Charity

The Mayor of Clare has donated his 1,000 euro Mayoral Christmas Card allowance to two local voluntary groups that provide services to children and adults with intellectual / physical disabilities.

[UKPRwire, Thu Dec 24 2009] Councillor Tony Mulcahy this week presented 500 euro cheques to both Clare Crusaders and the Shannon Flyers Special Olympics Club. The Mayor said: “We are fortunate enough in County Clare to have a number of services that offer supports to children and adults with intellectual / physical disabilities. These organisations require funds to continue operating which is why I am delighted to contribute my Christmas Card allowance to their respective fundraising efforts.”

Commenting on the work of Clare Crusaders, Mayor Mulcahy stated: “I am happy to pledge my support to Clare Crusaders which helps parents and families of children with special needs achieve a better quality of life. This wonderful organisation provides a variety of services to over 120 children with special needs in the areas of Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down syndrome and a variety of other conditions. I wish to compliment the organisation, which is headed by Ann Norton, for fundraising in excess of 230,000 euro from voluntary contributions each year to sustain these vital services.”

Meanwhile, the Mayor paid tribute to the work carried out by the Shannon Flyers Special Olympics Club and its volunteers. He continued: “Volunteerism is an integral part of the Special Olympics ethos. The movement at local, national and international level would not exist today — and could not have been created — without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of its many volunteers.”

Mayor Mulcahy added: “As someone with a lengthy involvement with Special Olympics organisations, I am very aware that Shannon Flyers Special Olympics Club is much more than just a sporting organisation. It is about the empowerment of individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition.”

The Mayor said his contribution of 500 euro to the organisation would help the Club in its preparations for the 2010 Irish Special Olympics being held at the University of Limerick next June. Five athletes from the Shannon club are participating in a range of events.

The 2010 Games are expected to bring an estimated 1,900 Special Olympics athletes from all 32 Irish counties to UL. They will be supported by 650 coaches and official delegates and cheered on by some 5,000 family members and friends.


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- Mayor of Clare Councillor Tony Mulcahy (086-2436345) is available for interview
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