Giving Back to the Community is a Goal for Midleton Lions Club

By Seamus Whelehan

Midleton Lions Club accepting a cheque for services rendered in the Fort 2 Fort Cycle fundraiser for Mercy Hospital. Front: John Flynn, Teresa Dineen, Margaret McCarthy. Back row: Martin Walsh, Frank Halloran and Treasa Dinnean.

A proposed sheltered housing development, aimed at retirement aged residents, has been given a welcome boost.  Midleton Lions Club have been gifted €2,300 the proceeds of the Fort to Fort charity cycle.  The presentation was made during a recent visit by the groups District Governor, Teresa Dineen.   Ms Dineen was in Midleton to see how District 133 serve the community.

This year the East Cork group is aiming to raise as much as possible to develop a third of an acre site in Midleton town centre, to construct 6 single storey units, similar to those located at Roxboro house.   In, 2007 the Midleton Lions Club opened 7 single occupancy units at the Bailick Road location.   The houses consist of a fully fitted kitchen, sitting room, dining room and bathroom facilities. The development is fully secure with 24 hour security on site.   The sheltered housing is designed to meet the needs of Midleton’s elderly who need occasional support and assistance, but do not require full residential care.

The facility also comprises of a day room that is used by the fellow residents and fellow senior citizens from the area.   As more of us age, figures show that an increased life expectancy, lower birth rates and increased emigration have dramatically changed the percentage of our community over the age of 50.   Currently, almost 110,000 Cork people are over the age of 50, which is 27.25% of the county’s population as opposed to 24% nationally. It’s estimated the county’s retirees will grow by 29% by 2033.

Group Secretary, Martin Walsh believes that these figures emphasise the need for more centrally located sheltered housing units, like those provided by the Lions Club, allowing the elderly to live independently in the community for as long as possible.