The chairperson of Malin Head Community Centre has appealed for help in the day-to-day running of the centre.
Robert Farren told the Journal that since funding for the centre manager ceased earlier this year, the committee has taken on a bigger workload and now help is needed more than ever.
He said: “The current committee has been in place for four years now. When we took over, the hall was a building site and a lot of money was outstanding. A large part of that debt has now been reduced. The centre has been a huge success and there’s something on every day. But, that means we need more help as it’s a big job to run it.
“When the manager left the committee had to take on their role as well. We can’t do it all on our own. We need three new people for the committee, a chairperson, a treasurer and a secretary. If we can’t get them and more help, the bottom line is we will have to close.”
He added a new manager, for which a funding application has been submitted, would be a “big help.”
He said: “The hard work with paying back the debt has been done. The community gave so much support with fundraising and attending events and we are so grateful for that. The centre is up and running and paying for itself. We just need people to come out for a few hours each week and make sure we don’t now have to close it.”
Ali Farren, who lives in Malin Head, pointed out that everyone uses the hall, “directly or indirectly.”
He said: “Whether it’s used by your mother, your children or yourself, as a community we all have a responsibility to keep this hall open.”
A funding application for a new centre manager has been submitted.
The centre is due to close on Friday, December 19th. The public meeting will be held on Monday, December 15th in the hall at 8pm.
A Christmas bazaar, due to be held on the Sunday, December 14th at 3pm will go ahead, with Santa Claus as the very special guest.