The Tipperary Branch of Parkinson's Association is organising a two-day fundraising clay pigeon shoot on Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17, at Newtown Clay Pigeon Shooting grounds, Newtown, Nenagh.
The event was suggested by Jim Barry, a member of our Monday Club for people suffering with Parkinson's. Jim is a Parkinson's sufferer but can still hold his gun and shoot as straight as a dye. Jim has won many competitions and came second overall Ireland in County Meath last year.
Parkinson's Association is one of the very few health related organisations which receives no Government funding or HSE funding at national or local level.
Continuing to provide local activities for our members is dependent on the generosity of donations and sponsorship. Many worthwhile suggested projects which would assist and benefit members are on hold due to lack of funds.
Tipperary Branch endeavours to bridge the gap by providing information meetings, exercises classes, art and yoga, social activities in Nenagh, Thurles and Clonmel.
Nenagh Support Group was one of three beneficiaries of the Youghalarra Charity Christmas Swim a few years ago and the donation enabled us to establish the Monday Club on a firm foundation. This project has brought a new dimension to the lives of our members with special enjoyable exercises suitable for members with Parkinson's under the professional guidance of Marion Slattery, OT.
Monday's singalong choir under Sheelagh Chadwick includes breathing exercises which improve speech quality. This is all done in a relaxed, enjoyable friendly atmosphere.
Sheelagh is supported by musicians Rita Gleeson and Brendan Treacy. Then there is the opportunity for a chat and share ideas over a cuppa.
This is a huge weekly commitment by the club volunteers and very much appreciated by all concerned.
The Tipperary Branch of PAI depends on the generosity and support of all in the local committee to continue and expand such activities as the Monday Club.
The Tipperary association has three support groups in the county; Thurles area, Mary Carey, 086-3916726; Nenagh, Marion Burke, 087-2967296; Clonmel, Mary Finnegan, 086-1224283; Roscrea, Seamus Loughman, 087-0545349.
The shoot commences at 12 noon on Saturday and at 1 am on Sunday.
Perhaps you do not participate in clay pigeon shooting but would like to support the branch. You are very welcome to visit over the weekend and enjoy a cup of tea / coffee and cream cakes, and take part in the fundraising raffle.