The Society of St Vincent de Paul in Mullingar says it is delighted with the generous response it received to its annual appeal, which was launched in the run-up to Christmas.
Despite difficult economic times and many people having lower disposable incomes, the society reported that the amount collected locally this year is up a few percentage points on last year’s record return.
According to area president Enda Breslin, society members are not surprised with the generous response from the area, as the people of Mullingar have always responded with great generosity to SVP appeals over the years.
“The society can only be as strong as the support it receives, and in that context it is in a healthy state in the Mullingar area. The contribution it receives allows the society to carry out the much-needed work of helping the less fortunate in the locality,” he said.
“There are three elements involved in the work of the society. First and foremost, and by far the most important, are the people in need of the society’s help and support. Then there are the members, auxiliary members, and helpers who are entrusted with the proper utilisation of the funds made available by those who donate. Those who donate are the third element and are the most vital to the continued work of the society.”
Mr Breslin also expressed the society’s appreciation for the support it continues to receive from FAS.
“This support is most beneficial, and is essential in allowing the society carry out its day-to-day work,” he said.