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6 December 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 49)

End of EEI Project The last Management meeting of our Education Equality Initiative was held this week. Our sincere thanks to Catherine White for successfully co-ordinating the project over the past two and a half years. Our thanks to Michelle Anne Houlihan from the Kerry Education Service for her support and input prior to, and during the project. Lastly, our thanks to the students and tutors for their commitment to the training. We are thrilled to see such a large number of Deaf people secure Deaf related qualifications. Best wishes to all of the students as they develop their professional careers as Deaf Awareness Trainers and Sign Language Tutors.

EEI Finances As we are about to wind up our EEI project, we need to close off all accounts shortly. If you have any outstanding invoices, please send them to us immediately.

The Avenue We still have copies of Rachel Pollard's book, The Avenue, which chronicles the first Deaf school in Ireland, the Claremont Institute. The book is available from the Centre for €12.

Appeal for Spot Prizes As you know this year's Christmas Party takes place on Sunday, 17th December at the Abbeygate Hotel. We would like to appeal to local businesses to donate spot prizes. For those of you who haven't booked your tickets, please let us know as soon as possible as we need to confirm numbers with the hotel.

HANDS ON search for new Presenter This week was the last week for sending in your Hands On presenter entries! This was an opportunity to see yourself on screen with Senan, Julianne, Sean, Teresa, Eddie, Sarah Jane and Caroline. One of our members Bernadette White sent in a video which was shown on Hands On last Sunday. A panel of judges will decide who will be the newest member of the Hands On team! Best wishes to Bernadette on her presentation. If you would like more information please check their website: www.rte.ie/tv/handson.

Fundraising We would like to express our gratitude to all who contributed to our fundraising events in November. Our sincere thanks to all our volunteers who collected on the day especially when the weather was so bad. We appreciate all your hard work. Thanks also to the Churches for allowing us to fundraise.

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14 December 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 50)

Signing Santa Reports from the North Pole have revealed that Santa Claus is so determined to reach children all over the world this year, that he has joined the internet revolution and taken up video messaging! Santa can now send your child a personalised video email directly. It may also come as a surprise to some but Santa has been seen at the Academy of ISL perfecting his Irish Sign Language! And Yes! The Elves have even helped out by putting subtitles on the clips! Santa is pledging €1 from every sale to children in Chernobyl. If you would like to know more, go to www.santasvideos.ie or by mobile 086 607 6767 (Aidan), or Michelle de Faoite on 065 684 5900.

Catholic Deaf Association Conference Reminder The conference will be held from the 13th ­15th April 2007 (2 nights) in the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin 22. For more information or to get a booking form, go to their website at www.ncdp.ie If people book before the 20th Dec they get a €50 discount. Alternatively, contact: Fr Joe Jones, Director, National Chaplaincy for Deaf People (NCDP), 40 Lower Drumcondra Rd, Dublin 9. Tel: + 01 830 5744, Fax + 01 8600284 or Email: joe@ncdp.ie

New Opening Hours / Working Arrangements As of the 8th of January 2007, our service will operate new opening hours / working arrangements. We believe this will enable us to provide a quality service to both our Centre clients in Tralee, Sliabh Luachra and the rest of Kerry.

KDRC Office - Tralee / Outreach Throughout Kerry We will take appointments for our Head Office in Tralee 3 days a week. The remaining two days will be kept to meet our Outreach appointments throughout Kerry and on administration associated with meetings the needs of our client group.

Sliabh Luachra Outreach Service We will take appointments for our Outreach office one day a week (Friday 10-2pm). The remaining two days will be kept for Outreach visits to clients / Day Care and Elderly Centres.

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21 December 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 51)

KDRC Christmas party Our annual Christmas party was held on Sunday in the Abbeygate Hotel in Tralee and it was a great success. Our thanks to everyone who assisted us on the day. We are especially grateful to all the businesses in Tralee for providing spot prizes. A huge thanks to the Management and staff of the Abbeygate Hotel who provided a wonderful meal and great service, and for sponsoring spot prizes. Thanks to Fr. Placid Nolan for saying the monthly mass just before the party commenced. Lastly, Santa Claus also turned up with presents for our younger members. It was very kind of him to take the time out of his busy Christmas schedule!

Deaf Action Group (DAG) Christmas Raffle DAG held a raffle after our party and a great selection of prizes were given out. All the prizes were purchased by DAG and donated to the raffle. All proceeds from the raffle will enable DAG to attend the World Federation of the Deaf conference in Madrid in July 2007. A huge thanks to DAG for all their hard work and to everyone who purchased tickets.
  • The winners are of the raffle were: 1st prize 19inch widescreen TV with DVD won by David Manusell, Dingle, Co. Kerry
  • 2nd prize WII games console won by Lorraine Coleman, Cork City
  • 3rd prize of a €200 Jury Hotel voucher won by Patrick Cahill, Killarney, Co. Kerry
  • 4th prize of a Portable DVD player won by Steven White, Tralee, Co. Kerry
  • 5th prize was a €75 Dunnes Stores Voucher and this was won by Geraldine Broderick, Listowel, Co. Kerry.
Deaf and Hearing Supporter of the year Awards We presented our annual awards during our party to some very surprised recipients:
  1. Bernadette O'Connor was presented with DEAF SUPPORTER OF THE YEAR for her outstanding work with the Deaf Action Group, Munster Deaf Tutor Network, the Deaf Adult Learning Project and for her work with our service.
  2. Catherine White was presented with OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION for co-ordinating a very successful Education Equality Initiative for the past two and a half years. This project came to an end in December 2006. Catherine is relocating to the UK at the end of this month. The award was in recognition of her hard work in ensuring Deaf people secured Deaf related qualifications.
  3. Rosaleen Egan was presented with OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION in appreciation for her ongoing dedication and commitment to our service throughout the past number of years.
  4. Tony Sheill was awarded DEAF SUPPORTER OF THE YEAR for supporting our service in securing funding to run a very successful Youth Exchange programme with the Royal Association for Deaf People in the UK.
  5. David Lyne was acknowledged for overcoming huge obstacles in the past year. David was involved in a near fatal accident and has spent the past year undergoing operations and treatment. We were thrilled to see him at this year's event.
  6. Kathleen O'Brien was also acknowledged for overcoming huge personal obstacles in the past year. Kathleen was the victim of an attack and spent many months living in a homeless hostel. Throughout this time, she remained very strong and positive. Thankfully she was provided with a new house during the year and is very happy in her new living accommodation.
  7. Tralee Advertiser was acknowledged for providing weekly coverage on our service. As a result of our weekly notes in the Advertiser, more awareness has been created of our service and consequently more people are accessing our service.
  8. Enda and Darren Curtayne were thanked for assisting us with our Golf Classic and for their help at our Christmas parties.
  9. Niamh White was acknowledged for her outstanding work in KDRC over the past number of years. Niamh moved away to Cork earlier this year and she has been sorely missed. To Niamh and all our supporters, we would like to thank you sincerely.
To all our members and to all the services and businesses that have worked with us in 2006, we would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2007.
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