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25 November 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 48)

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18 November 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 47)

Thank you to Killarney church collection volunteers
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the volunteers who supported us with our Church collection in Killarney over the weekend. We are especially grateful with the cold weather we have been experiencing lately.

Our sincere thanks to all the parishioners who contributed to the collection from and around Muckross and Killarney town. We really appreciate your support. Special word of thanks to the Churches for allowing us fundraise outside their premises.

The money raised in Killarney supports our work with deaf, hard of hearing and deafened customers from the Killarney area who avail of our service in Tralee and via our outreach work in and around Killarney. Our outreach service there is generally carried out by our Manager with support from our staff. Therefore, we really appreciate the support of the local community as it enables us to expand our work with customers there.

Breakfast Club on Tuesday and Thursday mornings
In previous updates, we have mentioned that we are now registered with FoodCloud donations on a Monday and Wednesday evening from Dunnes Stores and Tesco Tralee. To ensure this food does not go to waste, customers call to our Centre on a Tuesday and Thursday mornings and can take items home with them free of charge.

Over the past few weeks, this has now developed into a Breakfast Club which we are delighted to see!! Customers who come in on those mornings (approx. 10.15am) have enjoyed a selection of bakery products, cereal, tea/coffee and toast at no cost to them. This is a great way of ensuring our FoodCloud donations are fully enjoyed by some of our regular customers. Our thanks to our staff and our regulars for supporting us with this new initiative.

Advance notice of annual leave / Christmas holidays
We wanted to give you all advanced notice of our annual leave/ Christmas holidays. This year we will close up at 1pm on Friday, the 21st if December 2019 and will re-open at 10am on Monday, the 7th of January 2020.
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11 November 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 46)

Foodcloud Donations - Dunnes Stores
A few months ago, we began accepting food donations from Tesco as part of the FoodCloud donation programme. Tesco food donations generally come in on a Wednesday evening and are available to our customers on a Thursday morning.

We are now accepting donations from Dunnes Stores on a Monday evening and this food will be available free of charge to any of our customers on a Tuesday morning.

If you would like to avail of any of these donations, drop in to our office on a Tuesday or Thursday morning/afternoon. Generally, the food is in good condition and comes from the bakery, salad or deli sections and is nearing its 'best before' or 'use by date'. Once it passes these dates, any left-over food will be used for composting or given to animal owners.

For more information on the FoodCloud scheme, go to https://food.cloud/how-foodcloud-works/.

Hearing aid related items for sale in our centre-
Did you know our service sells a range of small items for hearing aid users ranging from batteries to cleaning supplies. We sell hearing aid batteries at a cost of €3 per packet - sizes 10 (yellow), 13 (orange), 312 (brown), 675 (blue) 675 implants (blue).

In addition, we also sell hearing aid cleaning brushes €1, hearing aid threaders / vent cleaners €4, hearing aid drying capsules €4, hearing aid puffers €5 and hearing aid battery testers €5.

If you would like to purchase any items, please contact any member of staff here. Other items can also be ordered from a range of suppliers that we deal with on a regular basis. Please note: prices can vary from time to time and if you require an item to be posted, charges may apply.

Hearing aid minor repairs
In addition to the above, we also carry out hearing aid tubing replacement, mould cleaning and battery testing. To avail of this service, please contact a member of staff.
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4 November 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 45)

Upcoming Church Collections - Looking for volunteers.
Our service has a number of upcoming Church Collections where we require volunteers to assist us on the day/evening. If you can spare any time, we would appreciate it.

If you would like to register as a volunteer, contact Therese in our office. The money raised in these areas is spent on supporting our customers who live and work in those areas. The first collection is on the evening of the 16th of November and the morning of the 17th of November in Muckross and Killarney.

The 2nd set of collections will take place on the evening of the 23rd of November and the morning of the 24th of November in Ballymac, Firies, Ballyhar and Lyreacrompane.

Upcoming events with ISL Access.
We have been asked to share the following events with you that will have ISL access as below:

National Deaf Women of Ireland Special Event.
Grainne Meehan will give a presentation on her research on Deaf Women and Access to Sexual Health Information and Services. Grainne interviewed a number of people in Co. Kerry as part of her research. It will be held in Cabra Hall in Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) in Dublin from 3pm to 4pm on Saturday 16th of November.

This will be followed by Deaf Woman of the Year individual and group awards, a wine and cheese reception (NWDI members or by invite) and a social evening event (open to all). For more information, you can email: mena@deafwomen.ie.

Switching on Christmas lights: a glow in Cork Christmas celebration 2019.
Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreting access will be provided at this public event on Sunday, the 17th November at Patrick Street, Cork from 6pm to 7.30pm. In addition to the switching on of the Christmas lights, one of the special guests on the night will include the Cork Deaf Community Choir. This event is open to the public. Members of the deaf community are welcome to a reserved area by the front of the stage http://corkchristmascelebration.ie/whats-on/christmas-lights.
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