NOV-DEC Magazine via flipbook - Page 27



Once again Region 15 showed how to run a social
weekend, the whole weekend at Tullamore which is
becoming a home from home was well presented with a
number of training sessions being run from heavy recovery, mental health, electric vehicles, etc.
On the Saturday evening a great time was once again
had which started with a very good meal with around
150 in attendance. This was followed by a display of
Irish dancing by two young girls after which Eamon Kelly
did a great job in running a raffle and auction with a large
number of donated prizes on offer.
This was helped by Santa’s little helpers in the guise of
the Costello Triplets who worked tirelessly in selling the
raffle tickets through the evening, which resulted in a
great boost to the AVRO Benevolent Fund, this worked
very well, how could you refuse to buy from them? Mind
you they sold me a duff lot of tickets.
Once Eamon had wrung all the money he could from the
attendees they were entertained with music and dancing
till the early hours, or so I am told..
The Region meeting for 15 was held on the Saturday
afternoon when Eilis resigned as the National Council
Member and was presented with an Honorary membership certificate as a sign of AVRO’s appreciation for all
the hard work she has put into her various roles culminating in holding the President’s post for a number of
very successful years. (I see already Ryanair profits are
falling)
Derek Beahan agreed to take up the mantle of new
National Council Member for Region 15. Many will have
fond memories of Derek as he also held the President’s
post in the past.
AVRO Benevolent Fund, as do the many AVRO members who attended owe Eamon and his team a very
large thank you for the vast amount of work they put in
to make this a very enjoyable weekend, also thanks to
the hotel which was the perfect site for the weekend with
all staff, food, and facilities being of top-notch standard
As Chairman of the Benevolent Fund I would on behalf
of the other Trustees like to thank Eamon and his team
for all their hard work which provided the fund with a
very good donation.
Eric Hammond
Thanks go to Nick Ovenden of the IVR
who made a substantial donation to the
AVRO Benevolent Fund after holding an
IVR heavy recovery training course in
Tullamore over the weekend.
AVRO NEWS
27





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