The Little Sisters of the Assumption will hold a fundraising night on Saturday May 16 at the Greyhound Stadium, College Road, at 7pm.
Tickets, which include entry to the stadium and big buster draw with a first prize of €1,000, are available from Imelda at (086 ) 6098887 or Sarah at (087 ) 4193429.
The Sisters, who arrived in Galway in 1970 to set up their family life mission in association with Galway Social Service Centre, have relied on the support of Galway people to help them in their projects.
“In recent years a lot of changes have taken place in our city and country,” explains a spokesperson for the Sisters. “The economic downturn is having a huge impact on many families and individuals. The aim of the Little Sisters is to create appropriate training for better integration and support for people in need. In 2009 there is a call to everyone to affirm the right of all people to live with dignity, hope and justice. Our mission is to support and help those families to live as fully as possible with a sense of possibility rather than being victims of the events surrounding them.”
The Sisters are currently setting up a development programme to offer training for community leaders over five weekends to help communities gain skills in working together and achieving their goals.
“We are aware at this time that people may benefit by having life coaching skills which could identify entrepreneur skills or help them choose appropriate training that will assist them in their lives journey.”
The Little Sisters also work in the Philippines and Brazil with families to improve the quality of their lives. The first project in the Philippines funded by Galway people involved building a fence to protect children from falling into a canal as their chalets were build on the river.
The second initiative was a clinic which sold medicines at affordable prices to the families. The Sisters have also set up a nutritional programme to improve the children’s health.
“The present project for which we are looking for funds is the livelihood project, employing 21 people,” explain the Sisters. “They are presently making bags and greeting cards.”
Anyone interested in making a donation should call to AIB Bank, 18 Eyre Square, Galway or telephone (091 ) 561151. Reference PLANT (Pernet Lay Associates Networking Together ).