Cara Credit Union Makes Donation To Tralee Branch Of Irish Red Cross

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Majella Forde and Stephen O’ Connor Tralee Branch of the Irish Red Cross and Pa Laide, CEO Cara Credit Union.

CARA Credit Union has come on board to support a community organisation which has provided fantastic service in the Tralee area for decades.

The Tralee Branch of The Irish Red Cross celebrated 80 years in Tralee last year. Over these years, the volunteers have served our communities in Kerry diligently.

In 2017, largely due to voluntary contributions and fundraising efforts, they purchased a branch building. The next step in their vision was to purchase a 4th ambulance, securing their service in our community.

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Similar to many charities, fundraising efforts have been hampered due to Covid-19. However, when the local Branch of the Irish Red Cross contacted Cara Credit Union to support their efforts, they were more than happy to oblige.

Speaking to Pa Laide, CEO of Cara Credit Union, “Every day we see ordinary  people going to extraordinary lengths to help others. As a local not-for-profit financial co-operative, we feel it is our responsibility to lend support to organisations such as the Tralee Branch of the Irish Red Cross.  However, to enable us to support such causes, we need support from our members. To this end, we ask members to consider Cara Credit Union if they need a loan.  Lending is our main source of income. Therefore, the more we earn the more we can give back to our members and our local community.”

On receiving the donation, Maureen Milward, Secretary of the Tralee Branch of the Irish Red Cross said; “We are very grateful to Cara Credit Union for this donation. We are an entirely voluntary organisation relying solely on voluntary contributions and fees received for ambulance and first aid services.  Due to Covid-19 our fundraising efforts have been negatively affected. This is why contributions like that of Cara Credit Union are most welcomed. The Credit Union have always been very supportive and this year even more so.”

If you need a loan from your local Credit Union in Tralee, Castleisland and Killorglin, you can apply online, by phone or in person.  See

Or if you would like to make a contribution to the Tralee Branch of the Irish Red Cross see their Facebook page @irishredcrosstralee

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