|The Memorial Tree at the Heart of Waterford City in 2012|
This Thursday, December 5th, the Rotary Club of Waterford launches its 16thannual Memorial Christmas Tree at 12 noon in John Robert’s Square, Waterford.
The Memorial Tree Appeal will be officially launched by The Mayor of Waterford City, Cllr. John Cummins.
William Galloway, President of the Rotary Club of Waterford said, “For 16 years the Rotary Club of Waterford Memorial Christmas Tree has been central to Christmas in Waterford. Most of us have been touched by the wonderful work Waterford Hospice does in our community and Christmas is such an important and appropriate time to thank and reward them. The generosity of the public each year is astounding. It is that generosity that makes this appeal such a success every year.”
In 1998 the first Christmas Memorial Tree appeal was established by the Rotary Club of Waterford to help raise funds for the development of a 20 bed Hospice facility on the grounds of Waterford Regional Hospital. To date the initiative has raised nearly €450,000 towards Waterford Hospice.
As well as raising much needed funds in Waterford for the Hospice Movement, the Memorial Tree Appeal provides people with a means of remembering their loved ones in a dignified and meaningful manner. Indeed over the years the Christmas Memorial Tree Appeal has become synonymous with the celebration of Christmas in Waterford and enjoys widespread support from the public.