Marriot Group help Mallow prepare for the tidy towns
It all started on Monday 16th May, the sun was shining and it was the first day of Associate Appreciation Week. There were many activities organised for the week and one those activities was to organise a group to travel to Mallow to help out the Mallow Tidy Towns Committee. This was arranged by Kathy O’Neil through the Cork Volunteer Centre and as both Kathy and Olive are the driving force behind STS, this was a great opportunity for our associates to get involved in.
We arrived in an area of Mallow called Muddy Hill just after 10am and met with two lovely gents called Paddy and Vincent who are regular volunteers for the Mallow Tidy Towns. They were both thrilled with the group and had us all kitted out in our Tidy Towns Vis wear and armed with paint and brushes and gardening essentials to commence our “corporate team building and community work”.
We all met again around 12.50pm and Paddy had brought the local Paparazzi from the Mallow Star paper to get their picture and of course we obliged graciously. All in all it was a great turn out from our side and we got a lot of work done and some of it was back breaking work but it was worth every minute of it, both Paddy & Vincent were delighted with the group and I am sure they would be delighted to see us again.
Thank you to everyone that travelled to Mallow on that day and a big thanks to Jim & June who were able to free these agents up for a few hours.
Also thanks to Kathy & Olive for organising this activity, it was a great success and im sure it will be very popular in the future.
I volunteer one hour a week with girls between 11 and 14 years of age, it is the best feeling to give the girls some fun time, free from any issues. It’s worth the time commitment every week. There are about 11 girls in the group and 4 volunteers work together to make the hour fun. Its not always plain sailing, but that is the learning part.
I would recommend anyone to take up voluntary work as it gives you a great feeling of giving to someone else who needs it, and you will not be disappointed. I intend to do more hours in the future or even start a career working with young kids that might be finding life tough.
Caroline Smith December, 2011