In keeping with their support for both international and local community based projects, the Rotary Club of Dundalk are this year opening their Remembrance Tree on Earl Street adjacent to the redeveloped Town Centre from Friday, 13 December through to Christmas Eve Tuesday, 24 December.
The spirit of the remembrance focuses on providing members of the public with the opportunity of treasuring the memories of special people in their lives by creating their own personal ribbon of remembrance and having it placed on the tree in a colourful garland.
Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, Kevin Smith from Dundalk Rotary Club said: “There is no standard charge for creating and attaching remembrance ribbons but 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 current President of Dundalk Rotary Club Oliver McDermott who expressed the hope that members of the public would visit the tree, attach their own personal ribbon of remembrance and make a donation to the local organisations and charities being supported, thereby bringing the spirit of Christmas to light for many in our local community who have become more and more dependent on support from the voluntary sector.
Members of the public are invited to join members and friends of the Rotary Club in a short interdenominational Prayer Service of dedication and carol singing at the Tree in Earl Street on Friday, 20.December at 4.30pm.
The Tree will remain open and manned by Rotarians and friends from 11:00am through to 5:00pm each day until Christmas Eve Tuesday, 24.December.
Remembrance ribbons will remain attached to the Tree over the days of Christmas prior to their removal and incineration on December.28.
Funds raised by Rotary incur no overhead or administrative expense when transferring to designated organisations and charities.
Members of the public interested in joining Rotary here in Dundalk should initially contact 087-2546440.