Bantry Bay Lions Club Diary – November 2016

The Bantry Bay Lions held a bucket collection in aid of Haiti on Saturday, October 29th in Bantry Town and raised a magnificent total of €1,432.

A huge thank you to all who contributed. Lions Clubs all over Ireland and the rest of the world are fundraising for this disaster so it will definitely make a difference to these unfortunate people. Monies raised will purchase water purification tablets. Cholera outbreaks, due to bad water supplies, have caused more deaths than Hurricane Matthew. These tablets purify water to allow safe drinking and cooking.

The Bantry Bay Lions will be holding their Christmas Food Appeal at SuperValu in Bantry on December 9, 10 and 11. Donation baskets will also be available in the Centra, Qwickpick and Mace stores in the town as well as the Foodstore in Kealkil and Ryan’s village grocer in Durrus. They are hoping to collect enough food to fill at least 80 hampers. Non-perishable foodstuffs and money will be collected during these days. The hampers will be distributed to needy families by Saint Vincent De Paul volunteers. Please come on out and give your usual support to this important initiative.

The Bantry Bay Lions are supporting an initiative called “Lighting the Way”. This is a project which will improve the level of information and support knowledge out there in the community around supports for those bereaved through suicide. Booklets have been created to provide these supports and the West Cork version will be rolled out at a launch at the Maritime Hotel on Thursday December 8, commencing at noon. Local funding for this project has been provided by Bantry Cheval and the HSE. These booklets are free but quantities are limited.

The Bantry Bay Lions welcomed two new members to their club at their November meeting, namely Paul O’Sullivan and Louanne O’Connor. Shown in the photograph are Paul and Louanne with their sponsors Francis Greaves and Eileen O’Shea. Congratulations to both of them for choosing to join the club which now has 24 members. The Lions are always looking for new members so if anyone is interested in learning more about them they can visit the website shown below or are welcome to attend their monthly meeting.

The Bantry Bay Lions Club is a non-profit organization and is dedicated to giving back to the community and supporting those in need at home and abroad.  All members are volunteers and pay a yearly membership fee to cover administrative costs. Any costs for travel and sustenance are borne by the members so that 100% of all funds raised go directly to the charity or disaster relief it is collected for. The members support the local community and provide assistance and financial support to various programs and local organizations. They meet at the Bantry Tourism Office at 7pm on the second Thursday of the month. To learn more about the Bantry Bay Lions you are cordially invited to visit their website at or attend their monthly meeting.

Provided by John Dervan, PRO – Bantry Bay Lions Club