Close on €370,000 boost for charities and groups

Recovery Haven: Funds boost

THE Recovery Haven support house for cancer patients in Tralee and The Saoirse Foundation, based in Castlemaine, have both been allocated funds under a government support initiative for community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises.

Group in Kerry will receive a total of €368,947 in funding to help vulnerable citizens during Covid-19, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, has confirmed.

The Saoirse Foundation, set up by the parents of Saoirse Heffernan, who died after battling Batten disease, has been allocated €188,359 while Recovery Haven will get €50,815.

Minister of State Brendan Griffin: Commended groups

Other Kerry causes to benefit include Tach Iosagain in Rathmore, which provides youth services, is to receive €22,748, IRD Foilmore-Kells (€8,596); Ballyheigue Community Services (€35,798) and Foodshare Kerry Ltd, which provides social services and supports to the disadvantaged (€8,140).

Keel Community Council will receive €4,956 for addiction support, Listowel Community Council is to get €41,893 for health and wellbeing services while Sneem Resource Centre Ltd has been allocated €7,642 for adult and continuing education.

“Community and voluntary organisations, along with charities and social enterprises here in Kerry have gone above and beyond in their response to the challenges presented by this pandemic and to assisting those most vulnerable in our communities,” Minister of State Griffin said.

“These organisations continued to carry out their essential work while restrictions stalled much activity in Kerry and I commend them for that,” he added.

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