Cara Credit Union Continues to Support Local Communities

A 2019 presentation of the Lauri Healy grant to Cordal GAA Club officials and members. Front row: Siobhan Donnelly and Sean Roche, Cara Credit Union; Marie Healy, wife of the late Lauri Healy; Mary O’ Brien, friend of the Healy family; Maurice Costello, Cordal GAA Club and Pa Laide, CEO Cara Credit Union. Back row, from left: Joe O’Connor, Michael Griffin, Danny Kelliher and Richard O’Donoghue, Cordal GAA Club members; Tom Lawlor, Cara Credit Union; Tom Dennehy, Cordal GAA Club; Pa Burke and Richard Bono, Cara Credit Union. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Cara Credit Union set up the Lauri Healy Community Sponsorship Awards back in 2017.

It was initiated with a four year commitment to award €120,000 to support community based projects initiated by organisations within their common bond.

The charities, clubs, groups and societies operating in our local community of Tralee, Castleisland, Killorglin, Ballyduff and Causeway are among the many sectors struggling due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Award Extended to 2021

Due to these pressures, Cara Credit Union has extended the Lauri Healy Community Sponsorship Awards into 2021.

To date, 27 community groups and charitable organisations have already benefited from Cara Credit Union’s Lauri Healy Community Sponsorship Awards.

Sean Roche, the chairperson of Cara Credit Union’s Community Sponsorship Committee said that Cara Credit Union is very conscious of its ethos.

Building Better Communities

“One way of rewarding the trust and loyalty we receive from our members is by supporting projects that can help build better communities and add value throughout our common bond in Tralee, Castleisland, Killorglin, Ballyduff and Causeway.

“Our Lauri Healy Community Sponsorship Awards helps us achieve this objective with the distribution of funds used to encourage and complement the fantastic work that community groups do to make all our lives and communities a better place to live and work.

Projects of €10,000 or More

“We pledged €120,000 over a four-year period from 2017-2020. However, due to the ongoing pressures experience by community groups in these Covid-19 times we are delighted to extend the award into 2021.

“We are now accepting applications and would encourage community groups who are undertaking community projects of €10,000 or more to enter. Previous unsuccessful applicants are also eligible to apply,” said Mr. Roche.

A Fitting Tribute to Lauri

Pa Laide CEO of Cara Credit Union said that Lauri Healy was one of Tralee Credit Union’s founding directors who dedicated so much time and energy to the organisation.

“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, he helped shape the movement in its early days.

“The Lauri Healy Community Sponsorship Awards is a fitting tribute to Lauri who gave so much to his local community,”  said Mr. Laide.

Applications Accepted At….

Your group could be next to benefit. Cara Credit Union is now accepting applications. Closing date is 28th of May 2021.

To apply, please Click on the link here:

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