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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Annual Christmas Appeal


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul  launched its Annual Appeal in the Lord Mayor's Chamber on 1st December 2008.  The Society appreciate the support given by the Lord Mayor’s office which has been a tradition now for many years.


Standing L to R : Padraig McCarthy, Regional Administrator, Linda O’Connell, Communications Officer, Mark Nolan & John Barry, members of the SVP Fundraising Committee. Seated: Brendan Dempsey, Regional President and Lord Mayor Cllr.Brian Bermingham.

The Society’s Regional President, Brendan Dempsey, said that ‘he is grateful for the generosity of those who support the SVP work’.

“With inflation spiralling, unemployment on the increase, social housing in crisis and the health and education services struggling to cope; the SVP is as busy as ever.  Support is vital to continuing the help given by the SVP and we ask for the generosity of Cork people once again to support us over the coming Christmas by supporting our Christmas Church Gate Collection on December 13th and 14th.

The public can also help by purchasing raffle tickets (First Prize - a car) and by supporting the ‘Giving Tree Project’.

Last year, the 700 SVP volunteers around the city and county were even busier than ever. During the Christmas period, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul distributed over 2,500 Christmas hampers, over 3,000 Christmas presents to children, and helped thousands of families in the Cork region. Christmas is a special time for most people, but it is also a time when many people who are living below or near the poverty line can find themselves in difficulties. The SVP tries to help those in need in a dignified way, offering support in whatever way will help most. 

The Annual Christmas Appeal is a major source of funding to raise the money needed to help those who seek and need assistance. Contributing to the Appeal helps to create social justice and is a direct support to those people in need in Cork . People were very   generous last year, contributing to the church gate collection, buying tickets for the raffle, giving presents at the Giving Tree, giving donations, large and small. Some companies went without the normal Christmas hampers both to and from their client companies and instead gave donations to the Society. The SVP is hugely grateful for all of the support they received. The Society appreciates that this year will be a tough economic one for many, but hopes again for support from the public.

The Society has been running a Christmas Draw for many years, but last year, for the first time, the top prize was a car, provided by an anonymous donor.  










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