LIONS CLUB ROWS IN BEHIND MITCHELSTOWN DRUGS PROJECT
The Mitchelstown Drugs Project will this week benefit to the tune of €1,000 as a result of support from the local lions club who have rowed in behind the initiative.
Speaking to The Avondhu, Ailbe Coleman, secretary of the Drugs Project group, said, “We are delighted that Mitchelstown Lions Club have come on board. Their support gave the venture a great lift and the money will be put to good use”.
Mr Coleman, a keen advocate of working together for the benefit of the community, also confirmed that the group is currently planning a series of drug awareness nights to help raise awareness and inform parents of the problems that arise from alcohol and substance abuse.
The aim of the awareness nights will be to provide information and raise awareness so that parents can inform themselves about the facts so they can have a balanced discussion with young people around the issues.
The project worker Neil Halligan and the local committee are currently planning the first of these proposed initiatives and will shortly be announcing dates and venues. The group is also looking at some youth friendly events for the summer months, and the project would welcome and any input or feedback from the community on possible activities.
The project would like to thank the Mitchelstown Lions Club whose ongoing funding is helping in running such events.
When questioned about the scale of the problem locally, Ailbe Coleman said, “It seems to be no greater here than anywhere else. Problems can arise on a whole range of issues with teenagers. Most come out fine at the other side and we’re just here as a support group to help out where required”.
He added, “The launch of the Drugs Project was a huge success with over two hundred people in attendance back in March. Our special guest, John Lonergan, governor of Mountjoy, gave a marvellous presentation and there was a great response from the audience”.
The presentation of a cheque for €1,000 will be made by the lions club to the Mitchelstown Community Based Drugs Initiative at The Firgrove Hotel on this Thursday night.
Friday 2nd May 9:47am