A plethora of local groups benefit from the Athlone CU Community Fund
A TOTAL of 25 community groups received funding totaling €29,130 from Athlone Credit Union’s Inaugural Community Support Fund at a special presentation ceremony at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone on April 11th.
The primary purpose of the Community Support Fund is to support the development and delivery of worthwhile projects to benefit members and the local community in the Athlone Common Link Area.
Community groups that have received funding are Castlesampson NS, Cloonakilla NS, Monksland Active Retreat, Order of Malta – Athlone, Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Ireland, Athlone Hockey Club, Athlone GAA, St Brigid’s GAA Club, Athlone Tennis Club Ltd, Garrycastle GAA Club, Willow Park FC, RNLI Lough Ree Lifeboat Station, Athlone Canal Heritage Committee, Willow Park Residents Association, Athlone District Girl Guides, Athlone Community Radio, Athlone Sub Aqua, Midlands Simon Community, ATK Community Centre, Athlone Family Resource Centre, Monksland Community CLG, Athlone (Midlands) Rape Crisis Centre, 2nd Westmeath Scout Group and Assumption Rd Residents Association.
“We have been delighted to support community and volunteer-led groups in our area and we know the funding will be a welcome boost. We are very proud of our philosophy of social responsibility and community building here at Athlone Credit Union and look forward to seeing all of these projects grow in the months to come,” said Michael Evans, CEO of Athlone Credit Union.
Speaking at the presentation, Tony Gannon, Chairman of Athlone Credit Union’s Community Support Fund Committee, added that these funds will greatly benefit community clubs and charities. “The funding will allow them to continue the important work they do in the community. We hope this community support fund will continue to help sustain and grow community spirit in Athlone.
As a local, member-owned cooperative now offering full checking account services, Athlone Credit Union has a strong commitment to supporting the local community. Since 1966, Athlone Credit Union has affirmed this commitment not only through the credit union’s willingness to provide loan financing to these groups, but also by donating to a wide range of community, cultural, charitable and athletes to help finance their activities.