Tralee Credit Union’s Lauri Healy Community Project Fund is part of a €260,000 community fund commitment announced by their Board at the credit union’s AGM in December. Speaking to Tom Lawlor, Chairman of Tralee Credit Union “€260,000 is to be shared with the community over the next four years (€65,000 a year). €100,000 is committed to support the sponsorship of local clubs, organisations and community groups. These are typically small amounts, with an average of €100 for community, sporting, educational or artistic events. These funds are vital to the well-being of local groups, clubs, schools, festivals, etc. €40,000 is dedicated to our Education and Dan Kellegher Memorial Awards to third level students and €120,000 is committed over the next four years to the Lauri Healy Community Project Fund in honour of founder director Lauri Healy which will support community projects “with long term value to the community”.
Four community groups each received €3,000 from the first round of the Lauri Healy Community Project Fund. Speaking to Fintan Ryan CEO “Lauri Healy was one of Tralee Credit Union’s founding directors who dedicated so much time and energy to Tralee Credit Union. Lauri was also active in his support and development of other credit unions in Kerry and further afield. He was a director with Tralee Credit Union for more than 30 years, he served with Chapter 23 for as many years and as a board member of the Irish League of Credit Unions helped shape the movement in its early days. The Lauri Healy Community Project Fund is a fitting tribute to Lauri how gave so much to his local community.” The four community projects awarded funding in the company of Lauri’s wife Marie, son Dermot and friend and former director Mary O’Brien were:
- Castleisland Chamber Alliance, Castleisland, opening a new tourist office.
- St Francis Special School, Beaufort, building two sensory organic gardens and a sensory room.
- Tralee Pipes and Drums, towards education and equipment.
- Enable Ireland Kerry Services, Tralee, a soft play all weather surface in Tralee.
Tralee Credit Union will accept the second round of applications from 1st August – 30th of September. Application forms are available online on their website and from any of their threed offices. For further information visit their website www.traleecu.ie