Clondalkin Coming Together During COVID


TD for Dublin Mid-West Mark Ward has welcomed a new local initiative that will see front line staff and vulnerable members of the community receive free meals. Deputy Ward has teamed up with local football club Collinstown FC and a local business, The Prep Master and the defence force veterans to provide meals to front line staff in Stewarts Care Centre in Palmerstown and to vulnerablepeople across Clondalkin.

Deputy Ward said; “These are extremely tough and challenging times for everyone but to front line health staff and vulnerable families. I wanted to see if we could assist people and contacted the local football club Collinstown FC to get involved. “ “We had a couple of different suggestions but finally settled on providing meals to front line health staff and to the more vulnerable members of our communities. Collinstown got one of their club sponsors, The Prep Master to become involved “ “We decided to support one of our local services, Stewarts Health Care in Palmerstown and provide them with meals for their front-line staff who have been working around the clock during this emergency”

“Dean Carpenter Club Vice Chair and I met with Dublin footballer Dean Rock who is head of fundraising with Stewarts Health Care and we are no providing meals daily. This is our community’s way of saying thank you to the front-line staff who are modern day heroes” “Additionally, we teamed up with the local Defence Force Veterans who have been delivering prescriptions to people who are cocooning or self-isolating at this time. They agreed to separately deliver meals to some of the more vulnerablemembers of our community” “This is prime example of communities coming together during COVID” 

Pictured: Deputy Mark Ward, Dean Rock Stewarts Health Care, Dean Carpenter Collinstown FC 

Sarah Brooks

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