Annual Fundraising Exhibition, 2017

Well opening night has been and gone, the raffle has been held and the drinks drunk but the exhibition goes on.

Last Friday, July 21st saw the opening of what was the 10th Clonakilty Camera Club Annual Fundraising Exhibition, held at the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery. This year the beneficiaries of the exhibition and associated fundraising activities are the Clonakilty Cardiac First Responders, a group whose members, drawn from the local community, go out and teach CPR to various groups in the Clonakilty area.

We were delighted to have John O’Reilly, the chairman of the group, plus Rosie O’Sullivan and Dena O’Donovan two volunteer members attend our exhibition plus we welcomed Sean Mahon, the Managing Director of the Southern Star newspaper, who officially opened the exhibition.

It was a great evening with all our speakers giving entertaining, witty and informative speeches. Most importantly all were kept short!

There were many prizes won during the tense raffle. A few attendees walked off with arms full of prizes, others empty-handed but all with a sense of having contributed to a worthy cause.

In addition to raising funds through the raffle, all the photos are for sale at €75 of which a minimum €50 is donated to the First Responders. Several photos were sold on the night and all will remain on sale for the duration of the exhibition. Contact the hotel reception or the club for details.

A big thank you to all the members of the club for their hard work, generosity and community spirit, once again making this an event to remember. Thanks also to Sean, John, Rosie and Dena for attending the evening, the staff of the Celtic Ross for setting up the drinks and the nibbles, kindly donated by Noreen O’Dononvan and Carbery Milk Products, and to the Hotel for donating the teas and coffee.

The exhibition will remain in the round tower of the Celtic Ross for the next few weeks. A second exhibition of members’ photos is also being held in the Quality Hotel and Leisure Centre in Clonakilty.