Santa Bill still dish­ing out Christ­mas din­ners to those in need, 21 years on

Bray People - - THENOTEBOOK WICKLOW -

AF­TER 21 years, lo­cal man Bill Burke is still dish­ing out Christ­mas din­ners to those in need on the big day.

The ini­tia­tive by the Knights of Colum­banus is a real com­mu­nity ef­fort, with vol­un­teers to do­nate food and fi­nance, de­liver the meals, and of course do the cook­ing.

Up to 150 din­ner were driven to their des­ti­na­tions this year, pro­vid­ing hot meals for those who oth­er­wise may have had noth­ing.

'I'll keep it up as long as I can!' said Bill, who this year had some wel­come help from his grand­sons.

He added that mem­bers of the Lions Club al­ways lend a help­ing hand and their sup­port is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

The an­nual drive to get the meals out to those in need started on a much smaller scale and has in­creased year af­ter year.

' The main aim of the project is to make con­tact with those in need and with el­derly peo­ple liv­ing alone and to en­sure that they have a hot din­ner on the day, and a wel­come friendly vis­i­tor to bring them some Christ­mas cheer,' ex­plained Bill.

Bill Burke still go­ing strong af­ter 21 years cook­ing the Knights of Colum­banus Christ­mas din­ner but with a lit­tle help from his grand­sons Liam Burke and Eden Doyle.

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