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Trip to Thailand aims to raise €20k for Hospice


Michael Commins

A novel ‘Trip to Thailand’ hopes to raise €20,000 for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice. Plans for the ten day venture from September 24 to October 4 were announced at a reception in the Ivy Tower Hotel in Castlebar last week.
The organisers are seeking support from 100 people to reach this target figure for the Hospice and provide a special and memorable holiday for all who come on board for this trip to Thailand.
Kevin Bourke, former Mayo Person of the Year (1997), and Tomás Langan from Castlebar are co-ordinating the venture along with the Mayo Roscommon Hospice and is under the auspices of Enjoy Travel who are making all the arrangements.
The Enjoy Travel Company, based in Blackburn, UK, has been synonymous with music and dance holidays for close on 30 years, organising annual trips to Spain and Portugal and other places. It is operated by Gerry Flynn and family with strong connections to Ballina and west Sligo.
“We have been invited, as part of our 2018 programme, to assist with the fund-raising for the new Mayo Roscommon Hospice venture in Castlebar. As our family roots are so much embedded in Mayo, it seemed a very natural thing for us to do to row in behind this.
We are no strangers to fundraising and have supported the various Mayo Associations and others throughout the UK for many years.
“This trip provides an opportunity for people to come with us on an adventure to Thailand and the Hospice will benefit from everyone who joins the tour. Each participant will fund their own trip and, in exchange, we as the tour operator will donate on your behalf €200 to the Hospice.
“The target is just 100 volunteers or fifty couples which will see us being able to make a serious contribution of €20,000 to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice,” says Gerry Flynn.
The full programme of events for the ten day sojourn is detailed on the special brochure for the ‘Trip to Thailand’ can be viewed at the company website, enjoytravel.co.uk. Entertainment will be provided by Tomás Langan and Joseph Deering, J and K Country and Pat Jordan of Manchester and Wicklow.
Monica Brogan from the Mayo Roscommon Hospice office in Knock outlined plans by the Hospice and for the new development in Castlebar. She told the gathering they are delighted to have been chosen as the beneficiaries for this venture and extended thanks to Gerry Flynn and his company and Kevin Bourke and Tomás Langan for their initiative and promotion of the Thailand trip.
Richard Finn, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, said he was especially pleased to be asked to launch this noble venture in support of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice.
“The Hospice carry out great work and there is hardly a family who have not been helped in some way or another by their outreach. I know all the people behind this venture and I hope it gets excellent support on both sides of the Irish Sea,” stated Cllr Finn.
Tomás Langan and Kevin Bourke joined in the words of thanks to all who attended the ceremony in Castlebar and both looked forward with enthusiasm to the venture. “Thailand is a beautiful country with a warm and welcoming people. We are confident that this trip will receive enthusiastic support and are confident of reaching our target for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice,” said Kevin.

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