In keeping with their support for both International and local community based projects, the Rotary Club of Dundalk in association with Dundalk Town Council opened their Remembrance Tree at the redeveloped Town Centre which captures the spirit of Christmas and provides members of the public with the opportunity of treasuring the memories of special people in their lives.
The spirit of the Remembrance Tree focuses on members of the public recalling those treasured memories by creating their own personal ribbon of remembrance and having it placed on the tree in a colourful garland.
Memories evoke a range of human emotions which can be expressed by remembering: loved ones who have passed away; those suffering from illness or hospitalised at this time; families bereaved in tragic circumstances eg.road accidents or suicide; victims of mental, physical or sexual abuse; the homeless and those living alone with no one to care for them; family members in distant parts of the world whose absence is missed; immigrants unable to return home to their families; and people finding life difficult to cope with in these uncertain times.
Whilst there is no standard charge for creating and attaching remembrance ribbons, voluntary contributions are invited from members of the public and all funds raised go to locally based organisations and charities and designated Rotary International humanitarian projects.
The Remembrance Tree offers a moment of reflection and a time to remember loved ones in a special way said John Eveson. President of Dundalk Rotary Club who expressed the hope that members of the public would visit the tree, attach their own personal ribbon of remembrance and make a voluntary donation to the local organisations and charities being supported, thereby bringing the true spirit of Christmas to light for many of the less fortunate in our local community.
The Tree will remain open and manned by Rotarians and friends from 11:00am through to 5:00pm each day until Saturday.December.22 following on from which a short Prayer Service of thanksgiving will be held.
Remembrance ribbons will remain attached to the Tree over the days of Christmas prior to their removal and incineration on December.28
ROTARY is a worldwide non-racial; non-religious Service and Fellowship organisation whose twin aims are to improve the quality of life for all people and the achievement of peace and understanding through promotion of international cultural programmes and response to humanitarian relief projects such as Youth Exchange & Ambassadorial Scholarships: Polio Eradication: Shelter Boxes: Jaipur Limbs and the provision of Clean Water to many areas of the world affected by disease, drought and famine etc.
Funds raised by Rotary incur no overhead or administrative expenses when transferring to designated organisations and charities.