Senior News, November 20 2020






As you may all know by now our Fordes Daybreak virtual charity winter league starts today Wednesday 25th November and will continue for 4 weeks with all proceeds going to the local charity group “Surprise Surprise”. Those running the event will have a week to run and log their run with each week ending on the Tuesday for the duration of the four league runs and the new week starts again on Wednesday.


If you haven’t already signed up the link below will bring you into event master where you can join in  the fun



Firstly a huge thank you to our loyal sponsor Kevin Forde who despite the actual league not going ahead this year was more than willing an delighted with the idea of this virtual league for a worthy local charity so a big thanks to Kevin and all at Daybreak.

So who are surprise surprise ? In the unlikely event that you already don’t know here’s a little info on this great local group of volunteers and the brilliant work they do in our community.

Surprise Surprise Dungarvan was founded in 2018 to try make 50 Christmas hampers to give out to people in the community who lived alone.

332 Christmas gift hampers went out in Dungarvan, Abbeyside, Ballinroad , Ballinacourty, Kilaneen West, lemybrien, Stradbally. An Rinn, Old Parish, Aglish , Villerstown and Cappoquin. This year they will welcome Lismore and Tallow also.

Last year they visited Dungarvan Community hospital along with the Pop Up Pipers and the Dungarvan school of Trad came and played. Sadly this year will be very different. They cannot fundraise, but still hope to make 600 gift hampers up for distribution and will including the residents in Care Choice and St. Carthages in Lismore. Christmas is a time of goodwill and surprise surprise will certainly do our very best to spread Christmas cheer within the safety of our Covid guidelines. The group also gave out 85 Emergency bags of Dignity to people going to hospital unexpectedly, 2085 care packages of food during lockdown, 1800 ear savers to staff in hospitals and front line workers to prevent soreness behind the ears and 955 100% cotton masks to help those compromised and anyone who helped us during the year who were struggling as frontline Staff.  We delivered Thank you cakes to hard working staff and Businesses who supported the charity also.Lots of knitting has been done for our South East “Bumbleance” who bring lots of Children ( king and Queen Bee’s) whilst people cocooned and many sensory boards were given out to both ASD Schools and homes in our County. Many more surprises will happen throughout the year when people least expect it, so watch out you never know where we surprise surprise will turn up. For now we can all help them with their fundraising efforts by joining our virtual winter league over four weeks ,please spread the good work and lets all get behind this wonderful organisation.





This years event will be a little different however the goal of the organising committee is the same, to raise much needed funds for local cancer charities. The Virtual 5k Walk & Run takes place between November 26th-29th with all proceeds going to the South East Radiotherapy Trust (SERT). Established in 2005, SERT is a volunteer-based transport service covering the South East of Ireland. Vehicles provide door-to-door or pick up point collection for patients undergoing radiotherapy, to hospital and back again. SERT currently provides transportation from Waterford City, Clonmel, Dungarvan, Kilkenny, Wexford and South Tipperary to the UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre in Waterford or to Cork University Hospital.

SERT currently has a fleet of seven vehicles and each vehicle is driven by one of their 150 volunteers on a rota basis.

In these exceptionally difficult times we want to give a special mention to our sponsors Cleanzone Technology LTD who have supported this event for the past 9 years. We want express our appreciation to company directors Ger Duhig and Johnny Curran for their generous support. Organising committee Chairperson Eoghan O’ Neill says “in these challenging times we are encouraging people to get out and enjoy a 5k run or walk between November 26th -29th. We are blessed with so many wonderful places to exercise, staying within the current level 5 restrictions of 5k from your home. This event has always received incredible support from runners and walkers from the West Waterford and East Cork area and we hope that this year will be no different.” All who donate via the Turket Trot An tSean Phobal GoFundMe page go into a draw to win one of our fantastic spot prizes. Prizes will also be on offer for participants who post photos of themselves talking part in their 5k and tagging the Old Parish Turkey Trot Facebook Page.


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