Kind volunteer receives certificate for SVP service

A WARM-HEARTED Omagh man who has dedicated a lifetime of service to St Vincent de Paul has been recognised during a very special garden party hosted by the charity.

As well as enjoying afternoon tea in the flourishing gardens of Laurel Villa in Magherafelt with fellow long-serving volunteers, Tony Brogan was presented with a certificate and a memento of service for devoting more than 30 years to the society.

Speaking at the event, which took place during Volunteers’ Week, Fr Perry congratulated those who have emulated the founder of SVP, Frederic Ozanam, in their selfless acts of helping those in need.

Mary Waide, regional president of SVP north region, said that it was a ‘privilege’ to celebrate the charity’s steadfast volunteers.

“Without their support in the heart of our local communities across the North, the extent of the work of SVP would not be possible,” Ms Waide said. “Undeterred by the pandemic, our volunteers have shown resilience in how they have continued to safely help those in need and how they embraced online meetings to stay connected and committed to society.

“On behalf of SVP, I would like to take the opportunity to express our gratitude and thank all our volunteers for their faithful and continued service.”

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