“Giving is not just about making a donation; it’s about making a difference”..Cathy Calvin, President of the United Nations Foundation.
Taking inspiration from Ms Calvins famous quote above, Woodford Dolmen Hotel are introduced the Woodford SWAT Team! The Woodford SWAT team, standing for Supporting Working Achieving Together is a fundraising initiative involving all hotel management & staff. The brainchild of the marketing team, the idea behind SWAT is to assist local charities, clubs, groups etc in their fundraising efforts by taking part in their events, helping to raise funds while also raising awareness & promotion rather than just giving monetary donations or spotprizes.
As one of Carlow’s longest established hotel businesses with over 40 years experience of delivering excellent customer service and a friendly welcome to locals and visitors alike the hotel is no stranger to supporting and being involved in the community. Since the start the SWAT team pushed their stamina to the limits taking part in 5km and 10km runs including Charlie Curran, Run with the Lions and Christmas jingle jogs, have cycled 100’s of kilometres in cycles including the Tour of Kildare in aid of Maire Keating and the great Cycle against Suicide spinoff helping to spread the message that “its OK not to feel Ok & its absolutely Ok to ask for help”.
What SWAT have done.
They have battled their way through muddy rivers & climbed over haystacks in 2 Muckfests and enjoyed a very early morning run with the Pieta house’s Darkness into Light. They’ve tested their general knowledge in table quiz’s, helped to clean up the town during Love Carlow organised Clean up Days & in early October will be serving teas & coffees to the public while volunteering in the Carlow Mental Health pop up coffee shop during Mensana Week. One very talented staff member even gave Tina Turner a run for her money when she took part in the Rise Foundations Stars in the Rise song contest held in the hotel.
Aisling Maher, Sales & Marketing Manager says “Apart from the goodwill feeling from knowing that the team are helping raise much needed funds for so many worthwhile charities & organisations, taking part in these events gives us all a great sense of personal achievement along with boosting overall team building & staff morale so it’s a win win for everyone”
The Woodford SWAT team are always looking for their next challenge and they want you to tell them about upcoming events they can take part in – you set the challenge the SWAT team will take it on! If your club or charity would like the Woodford SWAT team to get involved contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to Aisling on 059-9142002.
Hi Everyone and welcome back to this weeks column. What a week it’s been for Carlow, I have rarely seen anything like the hysteria surrounding the win by the Carlow Camogie players in Croke Park, talk about making an entire county beam with pride! It is so rare that we get to Croke Park so to take home an All Ireland title was just super special for everyone. A massive well done to everyone involved with the Carlow team, I am sure you are all still on cloud nine and deservedly so, thanks for giving us all something to smile about.
In the meantime pictures have been flying in for our #LoveCarlow competition with our first winner being a very topical picture. It was very difficult to choose which picture was most deserving of the title as there were so many fantastic snaps. In the end we simply had to award the prize to the image of the Carlow Camogie team selfie, taken in the dressing room after their Croke Park win. It was just a fantastic picture which captured the pure elation of our newly crowned All Ireland champions.
It has been a busy week around the town and county not to mention for us in the County Carlow Chamber where we have been gripped by award fever. The Carlow Chamber Business Awards is an annual awards ceremony designed to celebrate & promote Carlow Businesses. It is so important to recognise positivity in every aspect of our county not least the local businesses who contribute to our towns in so many ways including employment, sponsorship of local clubs and charities, rates to provide services for everyone in the county and this is why our annual Chamber Business Awards are such a highlight in our calendar. This year sees the introduction of a new category for Carlow’s Best Presented Shopfronts/Premises. Local business owners have a key role to play in helping to ensure that our towns look attractive by keeping their premises well maintained and painted. Throughout our county many business owners put huge effort into how their shopfronts & business premises look and this award category is designed to acknowledge all of that hard work and effort.
There will be a separate award for three areas across the county including
(1) Carlow Town, (2) Muine Bheag/South Carlow and (3) Tullow/North Carlow. Another key award this year is the Spirit of Carlow Award in association with the Nationalist. This award is designed to recognise a person or organisation who are making a positive difference within our community and deserve to be recognised for their contribution. Nominations are now in, with judging underway & we wish the best of luck to everyone who has been shortlisted and we look forward to a very uplifting and positive evening an the end of the month when winners will be announced in the Visual theatre.
Love Carlow is an initiative which has been spearheaded by County Carlow Chamber of Commerce in an effort to regenerate Carlow town and get it back on its feet following what has been a difficult time in the country’s economic history. We believe that fundamentally we have a fantastic town and county and we have a lot to be proud of. We also believe that we are sometimes not so good at shouting about all the wonderful things we do have on offer so the Love Carlow initiative and this Loving Local blog is about changing the conversation about our town and county. Our social media platforms are ready to rock and to celebrate all that there is to Love about Carlow.
Each month this column will aim to shine a light on some of the wonderful things that we have sitting on our doorstep. Highlighting businesses, initiatives, groups or anything else that focuses on what makes Carlow a great place to live, work & play.
Our Hidden Gems section, focuses on businesses & Carlow products and/or services that we want all of Carlow and the rest of the world to know about.
Little Locals will give a shout out to things that may be of interest to our younger generations because let’s face it, if the kids are happy so are us parents!!
The 3rd section is our Local Business piece & this celebrates a different business each month, whether it’s new or existing & takes a look at how its playing its part in building Carlow. We encourage everyone to show our love for local but supporting these businesses we focus on in this blog.
To finish off this blog, I want to give a mention to Hannon’s Centra on the O’Brien Road. Those of us traveling along this rood will have noticed the new & exciting changes taking place here. Hannon’s are recently unveiled their fabulous new Centra store concept. This will be a welcome addition to the many who commute, live & work in the area & we wish them every success with their new venture.
Until next week….keep showing your love for local