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21 years lighting up Christmas with Waterford Rotary

Rotary Memorial TreeWaterford Rotary launches its 21st Memorial Christmas Tree with two ways to remember this season

This Christmas marks the launch of Waterford Rotary Club’s 21st annual Memorial Christmas Tree at John Robert’s Square in Waterford City in support of Waterford Hospice.

The Memorial Tree Appeal, officially launched by Mayor of Waterford Councillor Declan Doocey will, as always, be a central feature in Winterval, Ireland’s largest Christmas Festival.

This Christmas, people will have two ways to remember their loved ones while supporting Waterford Hospice. They can of course visit the Memorial Tree in John Roberts Square or one of the popup locations, and they can also record their memory online.

Dr. Donal Tully, President of Waterford Rotary Club said, “For 21 years the Waterford Rotary Club 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 we are delighted to support them again this Christmas.”

Anyone who would like to be part of this proud tradition and support the invaluable work of Waterford Hospice, can purchase a ribbon at the tree in John Roberts Square or at one of the popup locations, or can sponsor a light and record a memory by logging on to www.waterfordhospice.ie/memorialtree.

The Memorial Tree will be open in John Roberts Square over the next two weekends (Nov. 30th to Dec. 2nd and Dec. 7th to 9th) and again from Dec. 13th until Christmas Eve from12 noon daily. Popup locations will be open at Caulfield’s Supervalu The Hypercentre (Dec 14th & 15th); Waterford Shopping Centre Lisduggan (Dec. 8th & 15th); Quish’s Supervalu Tramore (Dec 14th); and Ardkeen Quality Food Store (Dec 15th).

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 Regional Palliative Care Unit on the grounds of University Hospital Waterford. To date the initiative has raised over €400,000 for 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. Over the years, the Memorial Christmas Tree Appeal has become synonymous with the celebration of Christmas in Waterford and enjoys widespread support from the public.


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