Perfect Match as Cara Credit Union Sponsors St. Bridget’s U-7 Academy

Cara Credit Union Castleisland branch Manager, Patrick Burke making a presentation of playing gear to the Currow based St. Bridget’s Basketball Club members, from left: Anne Brosnan with: Joshua, Kelly and Charlotte with mom Miriam Kelly at the Castleisland office. ©Photograph: John Reidy
The Ryans, Charlotte (front) with Kelly and Joshua from the Currow based St. Bridget’s Basketball Club were delighted to model the club’s new gear which was sponsored by Cara Credit Union and presented at the Castleisland office recently.   ©Photograph: John Reidy

The Currow based St. Bridget’s Basketball Club members were delighted to be awarded the Lauri Healy Community Sponsorship Award from Cara Credit Union.

The Lauri Healy Community Sponsorship Awards were set up in 2017 to support community based projects initiated by organisations within the credit union’s common bond.

To date 33 organisations in Tralee, Castleisland, Killorglin, Ballyduff and Causeway have benefited from this award.

Local Beneficiaries

Locally: Castleisland Chamber Alliance; The Michael O’Donohoe Memorial Heritage Project; Farranfore Development Association; Castleisland A.F.C.; Ballymacelligott Health & Well-being Project and Cordal Coiste na nÓg have all benefited from the awards.

St. Bridget’s Basketball Club, Secretary, Ann Brosnan said that its all thanks to Cara Credit Union that the club has established a basketball academy which caters for young children from the age of five to seven years.

New Equipment Secured

“This is the first time, since its formation in 1989, that the club has been in a position to run a youth academy. These funds have allowed us purchase new equipment suitable for younger children.

“The academy encourages physical and cognitive training, while creating a fun and engaging environment,” said Ann.

Pa Laide, CEO said that Cara Credit Union is very conscious of its credit union ethos.

Trust and Loyalty

“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,” said Mr. Laide.

“It is important to highlight that the money allocated to the Lauri Healy Community Sponsorship Awards comes from the income we earn from our loans.

‘Talk to Us’

“We would encourage any member or potential member who needs a loan to talk to us. Not only do our loans help our members to do whatever they need to do but they also help the local community as the money is spent locally.

“We at Cara Credit Union can distribute funds to worthy community projects through the Lauri Healy Community Sponsorship Awards.

Not for Profit Co-operative

“As a not for profit financial co-operative, the more money we can earn in lending, the more money we can give back to our members and our local communities. If you would like to find out more about Cara Credit Union’s current account and globally accepted Mastercard Debit Card or if you

need a loan, call into our team in Castleisland, Patrick, Philip, Hannah and Cora to find out more.

Other Institutions Closing

“With the recent news of the closures of branches of other financial institutions we are, once again, reminded of the importance of the Credit Union sector.

“Credit Unions, as established financially inclusive co-operatives, exist solely to meet the needs of their members,” Mr. Laide reaffirmed.

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