Galway charities presented with proceeds from Cathaoirleach’s Ball

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Michael Owens, Director of Services, Galway County Council; Siobhan Carroll, Act for Meningitis; Liam Carroll, former Cathaoirleach of the County of Galway; Alison Carroll; Mary McGann, and Liadhan Keady, Administrative Officers, Galway County Council pictured outside Áras an Chontae. Photo Galway County Council.

The 2024 annual Cathaoirleach’s Ball has raised almost €15,000 for two Galway-based charities.

On his final day as Cathaoirleach of the County of Galway on Friday, Cllr Liam Carroll presented the proceeds of the annual fundraiser to representatives of ACT for Meningitis and i4Life at Áras an Chontae.

Organised by Galway County Council in partnership with Galway County Public Participation Network (PPN) and hosted by the Cathaoirleach, the Cathaoirleach’s Ball honours individuals and groups who have had a significant impact on the quality of life in communities across County Galway. Each year proceeds from the event are presented to local charities.

Mr Carroll commented, “I want to acknowledge the public and the business community throughout County Galway for supporting the event which has raised much-needed funds for two amazing charities.”

“I hope the funds raised will contribute to their ongoing important local, national and international work.”

Liadhan Keady, Administrative Officer, Galway County Council; Michael Owens, Director of Services, Galway County Council; Mary McGann, Administrative Officer, Galway County Council; Liam Carroll, former Cathaoirleach of the County of Galway; Eithna Moran & Grace Sweeney of i4Life, and Alison Carroll pictured outside Áras an Chontae. Photo Galway County Council.

Galway-based ACT for Meningitis is a national support and awareness charity working to save lives through greater disease awareness, while providing free support services across Ireland to anyone who has been affected by meningitis.

Set up in 2011 by Siobhan and Noel Carroll following the loss of their four-year-old daughter Aoibhe, ACT for Meningitis has increased meningitis awareness and has contributed to saving many lives in the process.

Headford-based i4Life was established by a group of volunteer health professionals from the West of Ireland who came together in 2009 to offer their expertise with a particular emphasis on child health for under 5s in marginalised communities across Zambia and other Low Resource countries.

Since then, i4Life has grown significantly in size and reach to offer primary health care and nutritional support. Since 2009, over 210 health professionals have offered their expertise to projects in Zambia, Uganda, Liberia and with Refugees in Greece.