Denis O’Shea, Midleton’s local area officer for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, and Mary Quinn, Treasurer of Midleton GAA Juvenile club, with members of the Midleton GAA clubs and part of the collection of food items donated by the public.

The Midleton branch of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP) received the collection from the Midleton GAA Clubs’ Food Appeal on Wednesday, 14 December.

Midleton GAA Club, Midleton Juvenile Club, Midleton Ladies Football, and Midleton Camogie Club, in association with the local branch of the SVP, held a Christmas Food Appeal that took donations from Saturday, 26 November last Saturday, 10 December.

Yesterday, the clubs handed over their stockpile of food items, which were donated by those in and around the area of Midleton, to Midleton’s branch of the SVP as overseen by its area officer Denis O’Shea. The Food Appeal asked the community to donate non-perishable food items to the club during the aforementioned period, so that said food items can be redistributed to those of the local community who are in need.

“The response from the people of Midleton for the food appeal has been amazing,” said Denis O’Shea, Midleton’s local area officer for the SVP. “The GAA clubs, the various schools, the cinema... we’re overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Midleton. A number of local companies were extremely generous with their staff donating food and other items, we’d like to thank the Lions Club, who also contributed heavily to our efforts. We got a massive response to the annual appeal, especially at all the masses, and we’re very grateful for the clergy for allowing those appeals to go ahead. And thanks to all the volunteers in the Midleton Conference of the SVP who worked so hard through the year.”

The Food Appeal began as the Midleton GAA clubs’ way of giving back to the community for Christmas in response to the overwhelming support they received for the Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser they held in late October, the proceeds of which will go towards the clubs’ development fund. But Mr O’Shea pointed out how the generosity of town will be appreciated by those most in needed.

“There’s are lots of people who are in dire need of support,” said Mr O’Shea, “and thanks to the generosity of the public their life will be a little more enjoyable for this Christmas.”