Each year in Clonmel there is the Mayor's Christmas Fund for the Needy and when I was Mayor in 2003/2004 I introduced the concept of having a women's-only sponsored walk. At that time we had a significant following and I'm happy to say that the tradition has since continued. Last Sunday at 3pm I lead this years "Ladies 'round the Lake" fundraiser for the Mayors Christmas Fund. The walk was really well supported on the day and I am delighted that people who worked very hard to promote and support the event were among the many prizewinnners of great spot prizes at the raffle afterwards in the Clonmel Park Hotel. I am delighted that this was the case because it means that these wonderful supporters to whom I am so grateful are getting something back too.
I would also like to thank the many sponsors of such fantastic prizes, especially the Clonmel Park Hotel and staff who not only sponsored 1st prize of a week-end away but also gave us a great reception on our return and provided us, some of whom were a little bit jaded and many who were ready to go for a victory lap, with very welcome tea, coffee and biscuits.
I would also like to thank Mr. Brian Jones, Supervalu, Clonmel who does trojan work for all of Clonmel in charitable works behind the scenes and who also supported us with our 2nd Prize by giving us a very impressive Hamper.
Our 3rd prize of 2 bottles of whiskey and brandy was sponsored by Mr. John Higgins of Mulcahys. I would also like to thank the many other businesses and shops that I frequently visit for their generosity with spot prizes in support of this very special event. I have to confess that I would dearly love to have won most of the prizes myself but in that respect, luck desterted me on the day!!