Knights of Saint Columba: December 2018

Celebrating a century of service

Our Southport Council celebrated a very successful year of fundraising when they held their annual presentation evening, making donations totalling £4,000 to eight local charities.

The event at the St John Stones parish centre in Ainsdale took place on Saturday 13 October – which, significantly, marked the start of the centenary year of the Order's foundation in Glasgow in 1919.

The Grand Knight, John McCarthy, presented £500 to each of the charities the KSC are supporting in Southport – funds which will help them continue their activities. He thanked everyone who had helped the Knights raise money this year and our picture shows him flanked by representatives from the eight charities, holding publicity versions of their £500 cheques.

The charities which benefited are: Northern Cleft Foundation; Southport Street Pastors; Ainsdale Community Centre; Southport Talking Newspaper; Sefton Women & Children's Aid (SWACA); Elim Refugee Support; St Vincent De Paul Society (SVP); and Southport Soup Kitchen.

The Knights raised funds with a sponsored walk, several family bingo evenings, a Liverpool-Chester sponsored bike ride, a tombola stall at the Ainsdale Show, and carol singing on Lord Street.

Over 120 invited guests attended the presentation evening and enjoyed entertainment from Charlie Newport, along with a buffet and grand raffle.

• Donations are still coming in following the recent sponsored walk by Council 9 in South Liverpool to raise funds for the Whitechapel Centre. We will let you know the final amount raised – due to be presented to the Whitechapel Centre on 14 December – in the next issue. 

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