Following a very successful – albeit very wet- cycle from Kildare to Waterford – Tower2Tower – in September, to raise funds for the Defence Forces Veterans Charity ONE, Kildare Cycling Club chairperson, Maria O’Reilly presented a cheque for €2,085, to John Fogarty, chairman of the St. Conleth’s Branch of ONE, in the Hospital Mess, Curragh Camp last night.
DF Veteran and a member of both organisations Declan Power said, “Congratulations to all and best wishes to ONE with their ongoing plans for a home and support centre for retired veterans in Newbridge, Co Kildare.”
ONE’s services are available to ALL veterans of the Defence Forces. ONE currently provides accommodation (board and lodging) in its four residential homes in Athlone, Cobh, Dublin, and Letterkenny. A fifth home is currently being developed in Cork City and there are plans for further homes in Limerick and Kildare are in progress to address the increasing challenge of homelessness among veterans.
ONE has developed a nationwide network of Branches and Veteran Support Centres, and is continuing to develop its professional Veteran Mental Health Support Services, all in support of struggling veterans of the Defence Forces.
In pursuit of its aims, the role of ONE can be summarised in four words – Support, Comradeship, Advocacy and Remembrance.
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