Hotel school students in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT ) have volunteered to prepare, cook, and serve a ‘Gourmet Dining Experience’ for 30 guests that will be auctioned off to the highest bidder during the Galway Lions Club ‘live’ radio auction in December.
The GMIT students will prepare the 30 five-course gourmet meals under the supervision of college lecturers John Long and Colin Gilligan, and serve the meals in one of GMIT’s Hotel School training restaurants during January.
This is the fourth year that GMIT hotel school students and staff have donated this gourmet prize to the Lions Club Christmas auction. The prize may be divided into two or three lots enabling two or three groups of 15 or ten, respectively, the opportunity to make separate bids at the auction. All proceeds go directly to the Galway Lions Club Christmas Appeal.
GMIT has been supporting the Galway Lions Club for some 30 years through a range of fund-raising activities such as the making and sale of Christmas puddings to staff and friends of GMIT, street collections, fashion shows, the gourmet meal prize, and other events led by members of staff from the hotel school.
The Galway Lions Club live radio auction takes place on Galway Bay FM’s Keith Finnegan Show on Friday December 10. The Lions Club supported more than 700 families and individuals in Galway last Christmas and will do the same again.
Cáit Noone, head of the hotel school, is delighted the school can once again support this initiative and give something back to the greater Galway community. “Each year from October to December our students take time out from their studies to find ways to fundraise for this great local organisation. Everyone involved gives up their time and energy to help others who are disadvantaged in our community and region.”
Galway Lions Club president Noel Meehan says: “Galway Lions Club very much appreciates the generous contribution of the students and staff of GMIT to our fundraising efforts over the years.”