Christ­mas cards to aid an­i­mal char­ity

FES­TIVE ITEMS WILL HELP FUND WICKLOW AN­I­MAL WEL­FARE GROUP

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

WICKLOW An­i­mal Wel­fare has un­veiled a won­der­ful se­lec­tion of Christ­mas cards and cal­en­dars de­signed es­pe­cially for the char­ity by four of its sup­port­ers.

Founded by Fiona Gam­mell in 2006, the Bal­li­na­clash-based group res­cues, re­ha­bil­i­tates and re-homes over 300 dogs ev­ery year. All the dogs are vac­ci­nated, treated for worms and fleas, mi­cro-chipped and neutered be­fore be­ing found a new home, as well as be­ing pass­ported if trav­el­ling out of the ju­ris­dic­tion, as re­quired by law.

‘All of these ve­teri­nary pro­ce­dures put a huge strain on our re­sources and one of our im­por­tant fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties is our Christ­mas card and cal­en­dar sales,’ said Fiona.

‘For­tu­nately we are lucky to have some won­der­ful sup­port- ers in the county and two of them have de­signed the cards for us. Hi­lary Fitzger­ald and Bar­bara O’Reilly de­signed our ex­clu­sive range of cards, while Gill Brady and Tracey Bar­low de­signed and pro­duced the cal­en­dars.

‘We are very grate­ful for their sup­port. We would not be able to con­tinue with­out the back­ing of our loyal sup­port­ers and adopters.’

The Christ­mas cards and cal­en­dars are avail­able to buy at Brayvet, Pet­care Vets of Grey­stones, Kil­coole Vets, Avondale Vets of Rath­drum in Ark­low and Rath­drum and at Bloom­ing Plants in Wicklow town.

‘All the money raised goes straight to help­ing an­i­mals in dis­tress. We re­ceive no state fund­ing and rely com­pletely on do­na­tions from the pub­lic to con­tinue our work.

‘We will also be at­tend­ing a num­ber of craft fairs around the county in the run-up to Christ­mas where we will have cards and cal­en­dars for sale, along with hand­made wreaths, home­made jam and lots, lots more.

‘If there are any other out­lets that could give us some counter room then we would be very grate­ful,’ said Fiona.

Cards and cal­en­dars can also be or­dered by vis­it­ing Wicklow An­i­mal Wel­fare’s Face­book page. Any­one will­ing to take a col­lec­tion box from the char­ity, sell their cards and cal­en­dars or to help out in any way can con­tact Fiona on (087) 9680583.

Fiona Gam­mell of Wicklow An­i­mal Wel­fare and (right) two of the cards de­signed by friends of the char­ity.

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