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Community Care for Elderly Project
By Donal Geraghty
11, Oct 2009 - 09:43

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The Order of Malta Castlebar will host a Fundraising Dance in the Royal Theatre Castlebar Friday 16 October.

Castlebar Order of Malta is currently in the process of setting up a Community Care Project. This project is aimed at providing a service to the senior citizens of the Castlebar community. We intend to bring in a number of senior citizens once every two weeks for some light refreshments, a game of bingo, some advice and talks on different relevant topics.

In order for this project to go ahead we need finance to run it. As part of our campaign for this project we are holding a fundraising dance in the T.F. Royal Theatre Castlebar on Friday 16 October 2009, music is being provided by the one and only Mike Denver. Pre show entertainment is being provided by Pat’s Country Roadshow.

L to R Adj. Adrian Finnegan Deputy of in Charge, Ms. Stacey Costello Volunteer, Adj. Tom Jennings Officer in Charge, Ms Donna Michelle Dempsey Fundraising Coordinator, Mr. Mike Denver, Mr Pat O’Boyle Pats Country Roadshow, Mr Frank Forde Compere, Mr Ollie Brennan T.F. Royal Theatre & Hotel & Cprl Joe Togher

Order of Malta, Castlebar, was started in 1975 when Dr. Malachy Powell the then Director of the Ambulance Corps, asked the late Capt John Cunningham to be Officer in Charge of the unit. Although a site for the units headquarters was not established until 1986 when Castlebar UDC offered to assist John in finding a suitable site which was found on Pavillion Road. Castlebar unit headquarters was officially opened on 3 September 1989 by His Grace the Most Reverend Joseph Cunnane D.D. Conventual Chaplain ad honorem.

Over the years the unit has grown from strength to strength with many competition wins and an increase in volunteer numbers. These volunteers provide a number of services at local events such as football matches, concerts, and street festivals. Our latest addition to the unit is our First Responder Bike Team. They have proven to be vital for these types of events. We also take part in the National Pilgrimages to Knock and Lourdes.

We provide First Aid training to the 10-16 year old age group as well as social activities and events where they can meet other young people from around the country. Training is also available to 2nd level schools and members of the public.

If anyone has any queries in relation to the Community Care Project they can contact Adrian or Tom on 094 9025581

Music on the night is being provided by Mike Denver with pre-show entertainment by Pat’s Country Roadshow. Compere on the night is Mr. Frank Forde.

There will be a Raffle on the night and also a competition for the best dancers with some great prizes up for grabs. Hotel vouchers have being kindly sponsored by Glen View Hotel, Wicklow and Hotel Rosslare. The voucher from Hotel Rosslare was sponsored by the Academy Hotel Dublin.

 Doors open at 8pm.  Dancing from 9pm to 1am. Tickets are €15 and are available from Donna Michelle on 085 7153900, Royal Theatre Box Office 094 90 23111 and any member of Castlebar Order of Malta.

For any other information please contact Donna Michelle on 085 7153900

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