Portmarnock Lions support their Community during Covid-19
Portmarnock Lions Club having recognised the difficulties that some of our local residents may be having with cocooning or who are possibly vulnerable.
We have undertaken some initiatives to assist this group.
Arrangements have been made for three meals to be delivered totally free of charge each Tuesday to such members of our community. In excess of 186 meals are sourced from a company owned by a local Portmarnock family, Kilbride Classic Cuisine (www.kilbridecc.com) each week and are delivered with the assistance of volunteers from our local GAA Club, Naomh Mearnog. So far over 800 meals have been delivered and we plan to conyinue this until restrictions have been lifted for those aged over 70.
The people that we deliver to have expressed their delight with our effort and many messages of thanks and support have been received from them and their families both here in Ireland and abroad.
Plans have been put in place to continue this service while the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact on our country.
This initiative is in line with the ethos of Lions International where every euro or food donation that is collected goes directly to beneficiaries.
We are delighted that Portmarnock Golf Club have come on board to support us. Far removed from their famous course they have commenced producing bread which they are baking in their kitchens on a weekly basis, which we now distribute to the people that we deliver meals to. This is a fabulous gesture by one of the world’s oldest and most famous golf clubs which was founded in 1894. The golf club has long been a supporter of our Lions Club and this is a further example of their support to the community.
We are very grateful to our local GAA Club who provide the drivers and transport co-ordinated by Danny Harrington to deliver the food each week and Kilbride Classic Cuisine for their support to us in this project. We acknowledge the support of Insp. Dermot McKenna, Garda Michael Bolton, Malahide Gardai and the advice forthcoming from the community nurses at Portmarnock HSE clinic not just now but throughout the year.
During the present Covid-19 pandemic older and vulnerable persons have become very conscious of their environs and while a lot of the over 70s are cocooned there are occasions when they may need to leave their homes for example to visit their doctor. During these trips a many of these people feel that wearing additional protective items will help to keep them safe and prime among these safeguards are gloves and face masks. In this regard we have have combined with a local company who have diversified their business to provide reusable cotton masks. Over 500 masks have been manufactured and delivered to care homes and we have taken delivery of a further 180 masks for the community in the event of they becoming a requirement at a later stage. We are very grateful to Curtain World who have provided the masks.
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