Flag Day In Listowel Raises €5,000 For Ukrainian Refugees

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Volunteers on the Flag Day in aid of Ukrainian refugees.

PEOPLE in Listowel and North Kerry raised €5,000 in support of Ukrainian refugees as part of the North Kerry response to the ongoing and growing refugee situation.

A local response team has been formed to co-ordinate supports for the refugee community and to ensure that all available resources and supports are mobilised to provide assistance and practical supports to the families.

The local response team is part of the countywide, Kerry County Council led, response to the unfolding crisis that will result increasing numbers of refugees coming to Ireland and to Kerry.

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The local response team in North Kerry co-ordinated by NEWKD and is a collaboration of key agencies and support groups.

As part of the work a task group was formed to deliver a Flag Day collection in support of the St Vincent de Pauls work in providing immediate and vital day to day practical supports to refugees on arrival in Kerry.

NEWKD, Listowel FRC, Listowel Town Council and Listowel Community Centre co-ordinated the Flag Day with collection points on the streets of Listowel as well as in both Supervalu and Lidl.

Staff and volunteers from these groups, supported by members of the Listowel Chamber Alliance filled the two hour long collection slots throughout the day to help raise an impressive €5,000 on the day.

Listowel FRC CEO Jackie Landers said “we are delighted with the response and the generosity shown by the community in North Kerry in support of these people who, through no fault of their own, have found themselves here in the most difficult of circumstances”.

All of the monies raised will provide support to the refugee community in North Kerry.

David Fitzgibbon (NEWKD) commented that “the NEWKD office in Listowel remains open to receiving donations of clothes, medical and sanitary supplies and other appropriate items and this will continue into the future. Our office in open Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 4.00pm.”

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