The Limavady Rotary Club has praised the response in the Roe Valley which helped the Rotary Club raise nearly £7,000 to be distributed between two local charities, St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army.
From December 14, for 10 days, members of Rotary Club and representatives of the two charities, and Interact members (Junior Rotary), manned the tree from 10am to 6pm daily. Local businesses were also extremely generous in their sponsorship of the tree, according to Club President Simon McArthur.
“It is absolutely fantastic that the Remembrance Tree is now a recognised and vital part of Christmas in the local community. By providing yellow ribbons, the citizens of the Roe Valley are able to record the memory of a loved one who is no longer with them,” said Mr. McArthur.
“A lot of people find great comfort and consolation in this small, but important act of remembrance at this time of year.”
Mr McArthur said the Rotary Club was able to double what it raised in the first year and the local charities would benefit and use the money entirely in the local Roe Valley and Limavady community.
“The Rotary Club are extremely grateful to Limavady Borough Council for allowing them to use the Council tree for the fourth year in a row. The tree is situated at the Roe Valley Arts Centre and at the end of the 10-day period it was festooned with thousands of yellow ribbons all containing a very special memory,” added Mr McArthur.
There will be a Church ‘Service of Remembrance’ involving all local clergy in St. Mary’s Church, Irish Green Street Limavady at 7pm on January 18.