Former council chair breaks fundraising record

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

THE former chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, broke the record for the amount of funds raised for charity during the term of office of the head of the council.
The charities for which Councillor Mulgrew helped organise events during the last year were Women's Aid, Davina's Ark, the Mental Health Forum, and MyMy.
24,000 was raised for these charities, and a reception to celebrate this record amount recently took place in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Boardroom.
Councillor Mulgrew, in handing over the magnificent cheques at the event, said: "I am delighted to be in a position to present cheques for an amount that will be of great benefit to my charities.
“Supporting health and well-being was in the forefront of my mind when choosing charities to support during my term of office.
“While the charities may have been less well known, they are certainly on the front line in terms of dealing with individuals and families that find themselves in the most difficult of situations."
She outlined that the initial target she set herself was 20,000, a figure that had never been reached before. That amount was exceeded after just two events were held - the Christmas Concert and International Women's Day lunch, which celebrated 100 years since women first received the right to vote.
“The events that were held this year were very special, and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the council for the huge amount of support that they gave me during the year," continued Cllr Mulgrew.
“As a way of showing my appreciation to my vice-chair, Councillor Willie Clarke, for all his support, I asked him to nominate a charity of his choice. From this we worked together to organise Fun in the Forest Family Fun Day in Castlewellan Forest Park in aid of MYMY, a mental health support charity based in Newcastle.
“All the events showcased the fantastic local facilities and also celebrated the phenomenal talent within the district. The nature of these events allowed several thousand residents the opportunity to attend and participate, while learning about the amazing work that the charities carry out.
“During this year in office I have been overwhelmed by the support given to communities by the voluntary sector. This sector is often overlooked, but both statutory agencies and the wider public sector rely heavily on these groups to deliver much needed services."
“I wish to place on record my sincere thanks to the local business community which supported and sponsored my events, in particular main sponsors First Derivatives, O'Hare and McGovern, and ReGen Waste Management."


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