Liam Reilly has been appointed President elect of the St Vincent De Paul North East Regional Council which covers Louth, Monaghan, Cavan and Meath.
Liam, who teaches history at St Mary’s College Dundalk, joined his local SVP conference (branch) St Ronan’s, seven years ago, and was selected as the society’s Dundalk Area President in 2008.
“I have had the pleasure of working for the society in that role for the past four years,” said Liam, “And I am now looking forward to working with each SVP area president in the north-east.
“Our plan is to make it an even better organisation.
Liam has proved to be an inspirational fundraiser and under his guidance, Dundalk SVP has brought some of Ireland’s top entertainers to the area including Jedward and X-Factor star Mary Byrne.
These sellout shows proved have been invaluable in providing the necessary financial help to assist local volunteers battling the ever growing problem of poverty.
He has been able to help fellow volunteers organising other fundraising events including fashion show spectaculars.
He also supervised the opening of Dundalk’s SVP spacious town centre charity shop in Clanbrassil Street.
It was the Hughes and Hughes bookstore and it is now the largest SVP shop in the country and the most successful.
“We have been very busy since we opened in April,” said Liam. “Donations have quadrupled and so have donations in the last four years.
“We have 60 volunteers and everybody is kept busy.
And St Vincent de Paul Society members throughout the north-east and further afield will wish him well in his new role.
“The demands for the society’s services have risen 100 per cent in the past four years,” said Liam, “which in itself places huge demands on already heavily burdened volunteers.”
“As volunteers we give up our spare time to alleviate the financial and other problems that people may have.
“We are always looking for volunteers to help in whatever way they can.
“They could visit people or work in our shops.
“As regional president I hope that we can increase the profile of the organization and in doing so increase the number of volunteers.
“It’s not always about the money, which of course we need.
“It’s about informing people about what we do, looking for volunteers, and encouraging those who need our assistance to take the courageous step forward,” said Liam.
So if think you can help then why not contact Vincent de Paul. Phone: 041 9873331/ 1800677777.
And remember, the SVP Christmas cards will be out again this year.
The cards should be available end of September.