26 Jul 2016
On Tuesday, 26th July, Celebrity Comedian Brendan Grace called to the newly renovated Power4Good Charity Shop on Kilbride Plaza, Tullamore.
Shop Manager, Lorraine Corcoran, welcomed him and thanked him for the visit. She said ‘The people of Tullamore and surrounding area are some of the most generous people around, making donations to the shop and their custom in the shop. Lorraine said ‘ we have wonderful volunteers working in the shop who contribute so much, she mentioned Aodhan Moran, grandson of Denise ,one of the volunteers, who did so much following the renovation. She asked Brendan Grace to present him with a small gift to show our appreciation. She mentioned James O Connor and his staff at FititOut who worked so hard and did an excellent job on the shop. One of the shop volunteers asked Brendan would he like to try some of the school uniforms for his next show when he’d be playing the wonderful ‘Bottler’!!. She also said ‘you can find us on Facebook and read all about the special offers, the shop opens 10am-5pm Mon to Sat.’
Molly Buckley, Chairperson of Power4Good thanked Brendan and said it was a great honour to have him visit. She thanked and praised Ricey Scully for his ongoing work for Self Help Africa. Ricey is one of the ‘unsung heros’ of our time. Molly told Brendan what Power4Good Ireland Ltd is about she said
‘Power4Good (P4G) is a disability specific Irish NGO based in Tullamore, that has been working for the last 10 years with people with disabilities in Zambia and Malawi. We also give a contribution to local causes.
The vision that inspires Power4Good is a world where people with disabilities can enjoy full human rights and achieve their maximum potential.’
Molly said “we do fundraising with Family Carers Ireland based here in Tullamore, and we are holding a Black Tie Ball on Nov 18th in the Bridge House, she invited Brendan and Ricey
Molly presented Brendan with a bottle of Tullamore DEW a bag made in Lusaka by children in the’ Little Assisi’ Special School for children with learning difficulties. They now have 66 children at the Centre with a daily attendance of 35 children, the children receive food and the older children have classes in the afternoon. At present, they are depending on donations to run the Centre and Power4Good were delighted to be in a position to give them a donation towards their work. Sr Kay O Neill, recently gave us an insight into some of the challenges facing the children and their parents, mainly poverty, lack of education, Aids, with some parents having passed away.
We also gave a donation to the Friends of Tullamore General Hospital, End of Life project.
Power4Good has a voluntary Board of Directors and no expenses are taken for any work or travel. We are honored to have Fr Michael Kelly SJ as our Patron. A native of Tullamore, Fr. Michael is World renowned for his work on HIV and Aids.
Every single cent goes to the work with people with disabilities in Africa. We don’t and will never establish expensive administrative structures or offices – we prefer to ensure that all resources go to where they are most needed.