Councillors rip off the ties for Telethon

Released: 10 October 2007

With fundraising efforts for the People in Need Telethon ’07 getting into full flow, Kerry County Council’s elected members, officials and staff are also getting into the act.

A number of events have been organised by councillors and staff to help raise funds for charities and organisations, with the fun starting next Monday at the October Council meeting. All elected members and officials have been asked to leave their ties at home for the day, and put their hands in their pockets instead, to contribute money to the Telethon effort.

“One of the most popular things about the Telethon is that the monies raised in Kerry stay within the county, with organisations around the Kingdom benefiting from our fundraising,” Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Michael Healy Rae explained. “It’s important that the councillors and staff get involved, and both myself and the County Manager, Tom Curran, are delighted to be able to do our bit to help out.”

Staff around the Council buildings will also be involved in the fundraising efforts, with the active Kerry Local Authorities Sports and Social Club organising a number of events. 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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