Christmas Appeal

Christmas Appeal 2021 raises over €100,000 for St Vincent De Paul

This year's Christmas Appeal has raised a total of €101.139 for the local St Vincent De Paul in Waterford, Tramore and Dungarvan.

Through a series of events over the month of December, the community came together to raise funds for those most in need in Waterford. The latest events to raise money were The Baldy Man Run (€5,500) and the Tramore Christmas Day Swim (€2,000). See details of other events below.


One of the first events was the Mark White Fitness Bootcamp and donation raffle which took place in Tramore AFC over three weekends in November and early December. This raised a massive €15,383 for the appeal. A number of schools also got involved in the appeal, taking part in Red To School and 1,000k in a day including St. Declan’s in Kilmacthomas who raised a brilliant €1300. While the Ursline primary school in Waterford city raised €1,019.  St. Angela’s, The Mercy and The Presentation secondary school TY students raised €1,200 between them, giving a grand total for 1,000k in a day of €3,030.


On Saturday 18th December Kieran O’Connor, Sean Organ, Declan Prendergast and Tom Power hosted the Farmview auction which raised a total of €8,643.  This was due to the kind donations from the local farming community who continue to support WLR and St Vincent De Paul. Also on Saturday 18th, The Big Christmas Breakfast took place at the Guillemene in Tramore and that raised €2,000. Our thanks again to Sea Brew Coffee Van, Tom from Tramore Butchers and Walsh's Bakehouse who provided the food and warm coffee. Also to the guys from Waterford City Fire Brigade, including Roy Collins who provided the entertainment!



Care For A Cuppa was another fabulous event which ran across the county on Thursday 16th December. There were coffee mornings at the Bishop's Palace Cafe on The Mall in Waterford, with coffee provided by Barista Bay Coffee Co, (from where Damien Tiernan did a live broadcast), The Coast Guard Station in Tramore, The Lemon Tree Cafe in Dunmore East, Cass & Co. in Dungarvan, who raised €800 for the appeal AND Regina Mangan, Liberty Blue Estate agents, & Fintan Stanley, Blue Butterfly Coffee who raised €1500 with events in the Apple Market and The Old Bank in Dungarvan. The overall tally for Care For a Cuppa was €3,062.

Soprano Vanessa Whelan and Tenor Glenn Murphy performed a Christmas concert in the Holy Cross church Tramore for the appeal and that event raised €5,180. This was one of the highlights of the run-in to Christmas with over 200 people attending (socially distanced!). Our thanks to Vanessa and Glenn, as well as Musical Director Dylan Browne, Violinist Barry Kennedy and soloist Caoimhe Power. Also special mention to Fr. Shane O’Neill and sacristans Helen and Michael Crowley for their kind hospitality as well as sponsors Casia Flowers, Tramore, and Paul Kenny's Haven Pharmacy, Tramore.

Red to Work was another great success this year with 45 companies taking part including Flahavans Porridge in Kilmacthomas, (the staff and management there raised €1,000)  TEVA (staff and management at the Waterford city plant raised €2,000 for the appeal),  DPD Waterford (staff and management at the Waterford city depot raised €1,200) and also T&T coaches (drivers and management raised €1,300). The total money raised through Red To Work and Red To School was €16,500 (see below for a full list of businesses that took part). ran a raffle on their site and it raised €2,850 for the appeal. Waterford’s writer’s guild held an event and it raised €570 and  for the appeal. Ray Colclough hosted a Star Wars Raffle when fans bid for these wonderful prizes, which were kindly donated.

We would also like to thanks all of our corporate sponsors who raised a collective €40,000.

Finally, it’s not too late to donate – email [email protected] with a donation. Call WLR reception on 051-872248 OR donate €4 by texting the word appeal to 50300 .