Roscrea was buzzing on Wednesday morning last with a number of events taking place throughout the town to mark the official local launch of Telethon 2007. The event which takes place on Friday October 26th was established by “The People In Need Trust” almost twenty years ago with the purpose raising and distributing money to charitable organisations throughout Ireland.
Roscrea woman Ciara Minogue is the Telethon 07 Co-Ordinator for North Tipperary. Following on from her tremendous success earlier this year as Special Olympics Fundraising Co-Ordinator, Ciara is looking forward to the challenge over the next few weeks and hopes to raise as much money as possible for charities in North Tipperary.
To kick start what promises to be a very exciting and successful campaign, Ciara invited the RTE cameras to Roscrea on Wednesday morning last so that she could give a flavor of what we could expect over the next few weeks. First stop was Roscrea Credit Union where Helen Baggott and Brian King were led away by Sergeant John Byrne in handcuffs much to the amusement of their fellow staff members and much to the shock of Credit Union members gathered on the main floor. It was all for a good cause however and once the deadly duo had raised enough bail money they were set free. Ciara would like to thank both Helen and Brian as well as Sgt John Byrne and members of the local Gardaí for putting on a great show and getting the day of to a great start.
The next stop for Ciara and the RTE Cameras was SCOIL IOSEF NAOFA, CORVILLE. On route the national broadcaster took time to stop at Convent National School where students lined the road with flags, banners and bunting which gave a great impression of the town and the efforts Roscrea people will make to help ensure Telethon 07 in North Tipperary will be the best yet.
Corville School was alive on Wednesday morning last with everything from Cinderella and Maid Marion to Ninja Turtles and Spider-Man. The kids and staff donned a variety of wacky costumes and put on a great Fancy Dress display to raise funds for People in Need. As if this wasn't treat enough, everybody was also entertained by “Blossom” and “Buttercup”, two clowns who made a special guest appearance at the school. Word on the street said it was Martina O Donoghue and Pauline Simmons but it remains a mystery. One of the highlights of the day was throwing wet sponges at a misfortunate “Pavarotti” aka Mr. Martin Meade who was restrained in the stocks. Throwing wet sponges at “The Big Bad Wolf” aka Mr. Slattery, Principal and an “escaped convict” aka Mr. John Hogan and “Jack Sparrow” aka Mr. Colm Darcy was without a doubt one of the most popular activities with the kids!
As a thank you to the children for all their hard work, a very generous man donated a free-ride in a helicopter for 6 lucky pupils and 3 members of staff who were picked from a draw-drum by other children in the school. The lucky pupils were; Leah O Donoghue and Ben Simmons, Senior Infants, Mia Walsh, 2nd Class, Niamh Carey, 3rd Class, Julie McMahon and Daryl Ryan, 6th class. The lucky staff to win the prize were; Ms. Dolores Fitzpatrick, Senior Infants Class Teacher, Mr. Colm Darcy, 2nd Class Teacher and Ms. Claire Scott, 1st Class Teacher.
The day was really successful and as always the children of the school made a huge effort to raise funds for People in Need. It gave them a chance to do something for the community as well as having a bit of fun. Everyone was delighted to have contributed to the school’s most successful fundraising year to date. Over €3000.00 was raised on the day so well done to all who took part and contributed in any way.
Next stop was Shinrone Retirement Village and Clover Lodge Nursing home. Residents put on a great show for the RTE Cameras and were helped in no small part by Andrew Walsh, Tadhg Maher and students from Colaiste Phobail as well as Joe Cleary and his helpers. Ciara Minogue would like to thank all of the above for their help as well as Tony Spillane (Tipp Fm) and Brian King (Roscrea Credit Union) for publicity etc. Ciara would also like to thank Valerie Landy, Brendan McCarthy and Brian Redmond for their support.
For the next number of weeks the North Tipperary Telethon Office will be located in Roscrea Credit Union. The office will be managed by Ciara and her sister Valerie who would welcome any ideas, suggestions etc that will help them raise funds for North Tipperary. Valerie Minogue was keen to stress one very important point this week: “Any money raised in North Tipperary will be spent in North Tipperary”. You can contact the girls on (0505)24498 or (085)1359718.
A Telethon Jeep was also sponsored earlier this month by Grove Motors Roscrea and Ciara would like to thank them for their generous support. Artwork for the jeep was carried out by Francis Fitzgerald who is also thanked for his help. Some of the main events over the next number of weeks to raise funds for Telethon will include “Rosethon” in Grant’s Hotel on the 5th October (The Rose Of Tralee With A Twist), another Jail Bail a Trolly Dash etc.
Eight Telethons have been held to date and over €35 Million has been distributed in grants ranging from €150 to €50,000 to a variety of Irish charities that are most in need of financial assistance. Grant applications are assessed by advisory committees in each region before final approval by the Board of Directors of the People in Need Trust. In 1989 The People in Need Trust joined forces with RTÉ and Eircom and the Telethon was born. With an emphasis on fun and community spirit the Telethon concept was an overnight success and continues to bring communities, schools, parents and children together almost twenty years later. If you would like to be a part of the Telethon this year or have a fundraising idea that will help charities in North Tipperary, please contact either Ciara or Valerie at (0505)24498 or (085)1359718.