Waterford Rotary receives award for its Christmas Memorial Tree Appeal

Kathleen Fitzgerald (past president for Rotary Club of Waterford) receiving the Cecil D. Whaley Memorial Trophy from the District Governor Barney Callaghan for this year’s “Exceptional Project in the Community”. Also in the photo are this year’s Rotary Club of Waterford President Kjell Nolke, Dick Barry, President of the Rotary club in Bishopstown Cork and Colin Nicholls President of Rotary club of Cork.

The Rotary Christmas Memorial Tree is fast becoming a symbol of the contribution 
that Rotary makes to communities across the island of Ireland. Rotary Clubs from 
across the District are now running Christmas Memorial Tree appeals in support 
of a growing number of charities. 
To date these initiatives have raised nearly €1 million for local and national causes. 
The first Christmas Memorial Tree appeal was established by the Rotary Club of 
Waterford in 1998 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 €400,000 towards this good cause which, when complete, 
will benefit communities throughout the South East. 
As well as raising much needed funds for Hospice, the Memorial Tree Appeal 
provides people with a means of remembering their loved ones in a very 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.
For more information and to see a video of Waterford Rotary Club’s
Christmas Memorial Tree Appeal please visit www.waterfordrotary.org.