A campaign has been launched to help fund Moville’s Christmas tree, amid fears this year’s big light switch-on will be the last.
The Moville Christmas Tree Committee held an emergency meeting recently to discuss the finances of the group, which “aren’t looking too good”.
The cost of lighting up the town centre for the festive season is between 6,500 - 7,000 euro. However, last year, the voluntary committee collected just 1,900 euro between their envelope collection and local businesses.
Committee member Liam Doherty said while they did receive a welcome grant of 2,500 euro from Donegal County Council, they had to “draw down” the same amount to avail of it, meaning little money is left in the pot. Some 400 new bulbs were purchased this year and there’s also insurance, transport and the tree itself, to consider. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Despite the shortfall, the committee have decided to take a leap of faith and the switch-on will still take place on December 6 at 6pm.
An online crowd-funding campaign set up on Tuesday night had also reached almost 1,400 euro last night. This asks everyone to ‘buy a bulb,’ at five euro each. But, there’s still a shortage of funds and worries for next year.
All support will be appreciated for the envelope collection, although if you’ve donated online you’re not expected to donate twice. To donate, sponsor a light bulb on facebook or contact Gogetfunding.com/movillechristmastree