Betty emp­ties cof­fee jar for day care cen­tre

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WHEN Betty O’Con­nell and her staff took over the reins at Kear­ney’s Bar in Au­gust 2015 one of the first de­ci­sions they made was to place a spe­cial jar on a shelf be­hind the counter.

A twin de­ci­sion was made to do­nate the tak­ings from cof­fee and tea drinkers to var­i­ous char­i­ties.

The first they picked was the Jack and Jill Foun­da­tion and they pre­sented area rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Sheila Ma­her with a cheque for over €1,000 one af­ter­noon around this time last year.

“We of­ten get peo­ple drop­ping in for a bit of a break from what­ever they’re at on a given day and they’ll have a cup of tea or cof­fee.

“We de­cided some time ago to put the money from these away for char­ity and that’s what you see on the cheque to­day.

“We’re start­ing off now with an empty jar again and when it’s full we’ll do­nate it to our neigh­bours at Castleis­land Day Care Cen­tre,” said Betty.

The jar was full again last week and, as good as her word, Betty made the short trip down Cream­ery Lane to Castleis­land Day Care Cen­tre with the con­tents trans­ferred to pa­per.

The jar is back in place and now and col­lect­ing away mad for the Kerry Hos­pice Foun­da­tion.

(from left):

Betty O’Con­nell of Kear­ney’s Bar (cen­tre left) presents her cof­fee/tea jar cheque for €1,000 to Mar­cella Finn Nurse/Man­ager, Castleis­land Day Care Cen­tre. In­cluded are Rita Mc Carthy, Phil Walsh, Tadgh Walsh, Mar­ian Pren­diville and Nora O’Con­nor.

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