Dundalk businesses have donated about 17,600 to last Saturday’s The Birches Alzheimer’s Day Care Centre charity race night.
The evening was organised by Peter and Joe Durnin.
“One hundred and twenty-eight businesses contributed,” said Peter Durnin.
“The response has been phenomenal,” he said.
“PayPal was the main sponsor and then we had a huge number of local shops and businesses.”
On Monday morning, €16,000 had been counted and the money was still coming in.
The final total is expected to be €17,500.
“It was a great night,” said Peter.
The event, which took place at Dundalk Golf Club, was fully sold out, a total of 180 tickets.
The funds are badly needed to maintain the outstanding work of The Birches Alzheimer’s Day Centre and the organisers have been greatly surprised by the massive support for the charity race night.
They had hoped to raise over €10,000, but have nearly doubled that.
The Birches began in 1992 at St Joseph’s Redemptorist monastery when the first family members and their friends came together to share their knowledge and experience about Alzheimer’s disease. Thus began the Family Support Group that has flourished and become a great source of comfort to many families over the years.
It was from within this group that The North Louth Branch Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland was formed in 1994. Following the establishment of the branch a group of voluntary fundraisers sought a meeting with the full branch membership and this group agreed to run a casino night. That event lit the torch that ensured the dream of building an Alzheimer’s Day Centre became a reality. The Day Centre site was donated by the HSE thus enabling the state-of-the-art day centre The Birches, for people within north Louth to open on 1 June 2000. The day centre was totally funded by the people of north Louth and their continued generosity ensures that the excellent standard of care in The Birches is maintained.
The North Louth Branch Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland formed in 1994 has 10 branch members who work and fundraise in a totally voluntary capacity. The success of Saturday night’s event proves just how highly regarded the The Birches is by the people of Dundalk.