WAR IN 2022 ???? UNBELIEVABLE:
MILFORD RUN: Sunday 13th Mar: The Milford Hospice Annual 10km Run/Walk will take place on Sunday, 13th March. The event starts at 12pm with the start line close to the Kilmurry student village, behind the UL Sports Arena. to €25 thereafter. Each entrant will receive a running technical top (first come, first serve basis), kindly sponsored by Dell Technologies. You can register online at www.eventmaster.ie. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the fundraising department on 061 485859/485860. GRANAGH COLLECTION: Sunday 20th March: A church gate collection will be held before Mass in Granagh from 9.30am to 10.30am, in aid of the Ukrainian people,(permit granted). HELPING UKRAINE: There has been a huge out-pouring of help towards the people of Ukraine who now, incredibly, find themselves referred to as 'refugees', their homes and lives ripped apart in the last two weeks. Charities are now saying that the best way to help going forward is by donations, as they seem to have plenty supplies at the moment. The following are some of the Irish charities who are giving assistance.
Trocaire.org: There is now a fund set up, if you specifically want to donate to Ukraine, on the donate section of their website. Trócaire are working with Caritas Ukraine, who have described the three categories of people they are supporting, 1) people in transit, supporting them to make their way to the border, 2) those who are left behind- supporting them with supplies and 3) those who reach the border - providing food, shelter, transport and psycho social support.
Trócaire are also working in partnership with Caritas Poland and are extending financial support to their work on the Polish/Ukrainian border to support those arriving from Ukraine. Volunteers from Caritas Poland are providing food, blankets, hygiene kits and other essentials to people at the border as they arrive.
The impact of seeing mothers and their children flee, husbands left behind to fight, civilians targeted and infrastructure destroyed is not an unfamiliar sight across the countries where Trócaire works. The impacts of conflict continue to be witnessed in Somalia, Ethiopia, DRC, Myanmar, Sudan and while Ukraine dominates the media and many hearts at the moment, Trócaire will continue to advocate for, and support, the communities who face conflict across all the countries where they work.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (www.msf.org) is another Irish registered charity. MSF is setting up emergency response activities in Ukraine and deploying teams in Poland, Moldova, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Teams are also ready to respond in Russia and Belarus. At the Ukraine-Poland border, their teams are seeing people cross over on foot, many tired and exhausted, and some with children as young as 25 days old. Many of those crossing the Polish border said they spent long hours in queues in freezing temperatures, some were dehydrated and others suffered from hypothermia. In the east, their teams report that some hospitals have been damaged, and some are also running short of essential supplies, including first aid kits. The first MSF shipments have already departed for Ukraine with trucks of medical supplies, including surgical and trauma kits, vital chronic disease medications and mass casualty supplies. However, as conflict is ongoing the true extent of medical needs in Ukraine is hard to determine their teams are preparing for a range of scenarios. Concern: - Right now, their teams are on the ground in the region also, assessing the huge humanitarian needs and getting help as quickly as they can to those who need it most, ( www.concern.net) FRIARS GATE:
Banjo/Tin Whistle Classes for Adults and Children, 5.15pm - 7.30pm. Course began on Wed 2nd of March, spme spaces still available for remaining 7 weeks. For more information contact, Brian 086-1738635. Friday,11th of March @ 8pm - ' The Parish ' - Hilarious Comedy that brings to life a range of characters that can be found in every community. The story unfolds of a dastardly deed that has ripped the parish apart. But despite the scandal, this delightful comedy highlights and celebrates the power of friendship and community.