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Lord Mayor confirms visit to Ballyfermot to support local Community Christmas Effort – Thursday 17th December

On Thursday 17th, between 11.45 – 1.30 pm, 420 local older and vulnerable people will take delivery of gift packs and a hot Christmas meal.

This event is organised as a community effort across a number of local organisations and is funded in the main by Dublin City Council and Ballyfermot Chapelizod Partnership (BCP).

BCP has led the co-ordination of this effort and are pleased that Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu has confirmed that she will come to support this effort.

Volunteer drivers will collect the gift packs (including warm blankets, puzzle books, the Christmas edition of Irelands Own, sweets, a calendar, and other items) at the BCP offices and then collect hot meals from either Ballyfermot Civic Centre or Ballyfermot Family Resource Centre. Each recipient will also have an opportunity to talk to the person delivering the hot meal and gift pack as reducing social isolation is part of this initiative.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu will come to Ballyfermot Civic Centre from 12.30pm to 1.00pm to support the cooks, delivery teams, volunteers, and organisers.

This is a  major community initiative recognising the older and vulnerable at this unusual Christmas time has been brought together by:

Ballyfermot Chapelizod Partnership

Ballyfermot Community Association

Ballyfermot Family Resource Centre

Community Gardaí Ballyfermot

Ballyfermot Youth Service

Star Ballyfermot

We Have A Dream ( WHAD project based in Cherry Orchard)

Markiewicz Centre

De La salle GAA club

Individual volunteers

Staff of BCP

Staff of DCC

BCP Chief Executive stated “We are delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu to see this initiative. BCP has delivered a lot of new and vital services to the communities of Ballyfermot, Cherry Orchard, and Chapelizod in 2020. This final new initiative of 2020 has brought together a wide range of local services and local people to support local older and vulnerable people, once again showing the strength and depth of the commitment that local services show to this community.”

For more information please call Anne Fitzgerald on 086 813 3375.