I'm glad the Coffee morning is on tomorrow. I can get back to my day job and to running after that :) All jokes aside it is great to see the good will of so many people. Limerick is lucky to have you all as citizens! And I mean that!
It will be a pleasure to welcome you all to the beautiful interior of the George Boutique Hotel at 10am tomorrow. Thank you so much to Jacinta Khan, who has been much more than a host. Jacinta has assisted with press, facilities, her many contacts and with a raffle prize. It is pillars of our community like Jacinta and Altaf that make it great to live in Limerick and it is people like them that make me passionate about spending local. Thanks Jacinta!
Coffee, there is supposed to be coffee right! There is, thanks to the ever kind hearted generous nature of Maria Harper from Harpers Café at the Limerick Milk Market. Maria has sponsored the coffee you will drink and I am very thankful to her for that.
Thanks also to all the good folk of Gorta Self Help Africa that will be there tomorrow. Thanks to the CEO Ray Jordan, thanks to the man that could move mountains Ronan Scully, thanks to the very hard working behind the scenes Ciara Doyle and thanks to our own Gaye Moore.
As well as Jacinta and Maria, I have received some other contributions from people in our City in the shape of raffle prizes. So far I have been promised or have the following:
1- One of Limerick's finest authors Roisin Meaney's 11th Novel is released tomorrow and I have secured a signed copy for a lucky winner. Thanks Roisin.
2- The Still House Bar in Thomas Street have kindly donated a raffle prize. Thanks to Kenneth Naughton. The Still House is in my opinion THE Football (I refuse to call it soccer) pub in Limerick and home to many Limerick FC fans! Our Super Blues (another passion of mine) are in action Saturday at Jackman Park at 6.330 pm. Why not go watch a game and then have an after game drink in the Still House!
3- Patricia Irwin from Ring O'Roses on Melrose Court beside the Milk Market is chipping in with a raffle prize. Pat is Limerick's finest florist for any occasion and I'm sure she would want me to remind you to book in time for Mothers Day on March 15th!!
4- Tony Reeves from Pronto Office Supplies has agreed to donate a prize. 90% of everything in Tony's catalogues is delivered next day. And I know that to be true Tony!!
5- Yvonne Clarke from Just Be Holistic Therapies at Glendale Lawn offers amongst other things Aromatherapy - Reflexology - Indian Head Massage - Hopi Ear Candling - Massage - Reiki - Shirodhara and has agreed to donate a prize for the raffle! Thanks Yvonne.
6- Paulette Egan from Sportsyoga.ie is also on the donation list. Paulette has a Yoga Studio in Clonlara just outside the city and also works with groups in the Strand Hotel. She will take your sports performance to the next level! Thanks Paulette for your contribution.
7- Martina Breen has very kindly given me a prize of a lovely sounding bottle of Hennessy. Thanks Martina :)
8- As if she hadn't done enough already Jacinta Khan is throwing in a raffle prize. Her generosity seems boundless. Thanks Jacinta.
9- Just had a text from The Man with the Buses to everywhere you want them to go. Tim Kelly from Kelly Travel has agreed to throw in tickets for his regular Dundrum bus. That's Dundrum Shopping Centre in Dublin and back to Limerick without the hassle of driving or parking!!!
10- Ah here I decided Forward 2 Success is offering a 2 hour personal coaching review to the mix.
Can I please ask you kindly to support the businesses and people that support Gorta Self Help Africa!!!
There could well be more prizes on the day so please come to the George Boutique Hotel tomorrow morning at 10am.
One of our guest speakers Keith Whyte was on to me yesterday. Due to personal circumstances I am aware off he can't make it tomorrow yet has made himself available for one of our next events, the first of which I will announce very soon and will be specifically aimed at runners and the Great Limerick Run.
See you tomorrow all and thank in advance!!!
Donations can be made online at http://www.mycharity.ie/event/patrick_mercies_12marathonsin12monthsin2015