St Vincent De Paul South-West has thanked the public for its “immense” support of their Annual Car Draw as they confirmed that €232,667 was raised from the 2023 Annual Car Draw. The total amount was raised through ticket sales and donations since the Car Draw’s launch in September last year.
The Society have said they are delighted with the generosity of the public during an extremely difficult and challenging year.
SVP continues to receive large volumes of calls/emails daily from families/individuals seeking urgent help.
Paddy O’Flynn said the much-needed funds would be “invaluable” to enable the Society to continue assisting families/ individuals in Cork and Kerry with basic needs, such as food, heat/fuel, utility costs and education.
Mr O Flynn continued: “We have always received immense support for our annual car draw from the people of Cork and Kerry.
“2023 was a very challenging year, with the rising cost of living especially utilities driven by conflicts across the world. Despite this, the public supported us in their droves and the 2023 Car Draw was a huge success. We are eternally grateful to each and every one who pledged their support to this year’s car draw.
It has been a very difficult year for all charities, but due to the continued generosity of the good people of Cork and Kerry, we have raised a staggering €232,667, and this money will be used during the coming winter months to support many individuals and families facing hardship and need, with all of the money raised in Cork going to support those in need in Cork, and all the proceeds raised in Kerry going directly to support families and individuals in Kerry.
I would like to extend a huge thank you to our main sponsor the TOMAR Trust for again donating the car. To the Bishops’ of Cork and Ross, Kerry and Cloyne for their generous cash prize of €1,500. Also, a sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated or bought raffle tickets for our car draw,” he concluded.
Lord Mayor of Cork City, Cllr. Kieran Mc Carthy drew the ticket for the top prize, a brand-new Ford Focus from the Cavanagh family’s TOMAR Trust. He commented: “There could not be the caring Cork we have without organisations like SVP who do such amazing and valuable work to support our citizens when they really need it.”
The lucky winner of the 2024 Ford Focus was Yelyzaveta Ohorenko, from Tralee, Co Kerry, who was presented with her keys of her new car by The Lord Mayor of Cork, in the presence of SVP Regional President Paddy O Flynn, Vice President Mary Frances Behan, Bishop Fintan Gavin, and other guests.