On the 7th November an Award Ceremony for Volunteers was held in the Restaurant in Harold’s Cross. This was to mark the great work done by volunteers in our services down through the years and was particularly fitting in this special year marking the 200th Anniversary of the Founding of the Congregation.
As far back as last January sisters were asked to let us know if they had volunteers working with them and if so how many. Responses were received from Clarinbridge, St. Vincent’s Primary and Secondary Schools, Cork and Marymount Hospice, Cork, Merrion, Basin Lane School, Donnybrook Day Centre, Crumlin Music Centre, Gardiner Street School, Walkinstown Social Service Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital Dun Laoghaire, Tramore Parish Centre, and Tramore Secondary School, St. Patrick’s School Kilkenny, Rosary College Crumlin, Lakelands Care Unit, Stanhope Primary and Secondary Schools, Our Lady’s Hospice and Walkinstown Primary School. Many volunteers had given over 30 years’ service. Volunteers have played a vital role in enabling us to respond to the many thousands of people in need who have used our services over the years.
Each nominator sent in names of those whom they considered particularly deserving of an award. Sr. Phyllis opened the proceedings and then handed over to Mary Upton (a retired TD) who was master of ceremonies for the evening. Each volunteer received a certificate and a gift and these were presented by An Tanaiste, Joan Burton. From among the volunteers who gathered, five were selected for overall awards for their commitment and dedication in various areas of Sister of Charity Services. Nobody attached to the services or facilities had any involvement in the selection of these volunteers. There were also two extra-special awards. These awards were given to Evelyn Walsh for all she does for Care of the Earth – creating a beautiful environment for the staff, children and parents of Scoil Mhuire, Clarinbridge and to Mrs. Margaret Lynch who is a volunteer in Walkinstown Social Service Centre since it opened 50 years ago.
Sr. Phyllis then brought the proceedings to a close thanking all who had helped to organise the event. Then volunteers, their guests and nominators enjoyed a celebration meal.
A group from St. Agnes’ Music Centre entertained us with music on arrival and during the evening.
The Volunteers were so appreciative and many contacted us since the event saying that they will treasure their gift and certificate.
Rita Wynne RSC