ON-LION: Killarney Lions Club have teamed up with students and teachers from The Sem, Killarney Community College and St Brigid’s to help them with this year’s Christmas Food Appeal fundraiser which is moving online. Pictured with the students are: John Fuller (President Killarney Lions Club), Kerri McCarthy (Killarney Community College) and Denis Doolin (Killarney Lions Club). Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean


For the first time in over 40 years one local group has had to make a major change – by taking their annual food appeal fundraising online.

Killarney Lions Club – who, over the past 40 years have delivered thousands of Christmas hampers to needy Killarney families, are once again looking for public support both online and during their traditional street collection, which they hope can go ahead depending on restrictions in place at the time.

This year the group have teamed up with local Transition Year students and teachers from the three secondary schools, St Brigid’s, St Brendan’s College, and Killarney Community College to help them get a stronger presence online and for assembling the hampers once food is purchased.

“This year has been tough for many people, so our Christmas Food Appeal is more important than ever,” Killarney Lions Club President, John Fuller, said.

“We normally depend on our street collection to raise funds but we know that might be a challenge this year. We approached the Transition Years about setting up online and got a fantastic reaction. They are fully behind the appeal and hopefully that will help to make it a success.”

The Killarney Lions Club through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

Anyone interested in making a donation can go to GoFundMe: On-LION Christmas Food Appeal, where a target of €2,000 has been set.

For further information please contact John Fuller on 087 236 3065 or Denis Doolan on 087 967 0635 or email dindoolan@gmail.com.