On Sunday 5th December, the South Dublin Volunteer Corps (a project of South Dublin Volunteer Centre and South Dublin County Council), celebrated International Volunteer Day in Citywest Hotel. The event celebrated the input of over 350 volunteers to the COVID19 Testing and Mass Vaccination Centre in Tallaght Stadium and Citywest. Volunteers were welcomed in pods of 10 during the day to Citywest and received a Pin especially designed to acknowledge their service plus a Photo Journal of the volunteer involvement in Citywest.
Mayor Peter Kavanagh was in attendance at the event and he noted that “the county was indebted to all the Citywest team of volunteers who have helped on the Frontline since the beginning of the pandemic”.
Amy Woods, CEO of Volunteer Ireland thanked the volunteers for their unwavering dedication, good humor and fantastic team spirit. She noted that “they were an absolute credit to their community”.
Tricia Nolan, Manager of South Dublin County Volunteer Centre, recounted the story of the volunteers from the early days of the pandemic in Tallaght Stadium through the move to Citywest Testing Site and then the added role for volunteers in helping in the vaccination program. She thanked the volunteers for their dedication to the cause, day in day out, in all sorts of weather and commented “that the volunteers had represented the best of the Irish response to the current crisis”.