Telethon No-Tie Day

Released: 15 October 2007

The October meeting of Kerry County Council on Monday, saw councillors gather from all over the county, but unusually, there wasn’t a necktie in sight. The reason for the informal attire soon became clear though. Mayor of Kerry Cllr Michael Healy Rae explained that a No-Tie Day had been organised, in order to raise funds for the People in Need Telethon ’07.

The No-Tie Council Meeting was suggested by the Mayor as a fun and unusual day to raise funds for the worthy cause. The elected members and the Council officials eagerly rowed in, with all Councillors paying for the privilege of being able to undo the top button on their shirts.

A collection bucket passed around the chamber saw bank notes slipped in, and Council staff and members of the press also played their part in raising funds for a great cause.

“I was hoping that all the elected members would get into the spirit of the event, and thankfully they did that,” Mayor Healy Rae explained. “It was great fun, and everybody dug deep into their pockets when the collection bucket passed by.

It isn’t just the elected members who are doing their bit for the Telethon. The Kerry Local Authorities Sports and Social Club are organising a number of events over the coming weeks. Following on from the successful mock wedding which took place during the last Telethon, a mock christening will be taking place this time out, with members of staff involved in the drama. In addition, a quiz night is also being organised, with all proceeds going towards the Telethon effort.

The People in Need Telethon is designed to raise funds for smaller, lesser known charities who are often unable to raise sufficient funds themselves. All monies raised within Kerry, go to charities and organisations within the county. To date, the eight Telethons have raised over €35m for groups throughout the county.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email:

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