A BEAUTIFUL 2022 calendar celebrating Laois has just been launched, with all proceeds going to a local suicide prevention charity.
The ‘Love Laois’ calendar, featuring spectacular images from around the county, was officially unveiled on Monday 22 November at the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise.
It was produced jointly by Laois County Council, Laois Chamber and Laois Tourism, with all proceeds going to Laois SOSAD (Save Our Sons and Daughters) which has just opened a branch on the Abbeyleix road in Portlaoise.
Laois Chamber chief executive Caroline Hofman said the chamber was delighted to be involved in producing the calendar to support SOSAD, adding: “It is wonderful to have the opportunity to showcase the beauty of our towns, villages, and beautiful sights.”
Laois Chamber president Alison Browne said the calendar would help to instill pride in the Laois community, which already knows how gorgeous the county really is.
Alison said: “We now ask Laois people to share this calendar, give it as a heart-warming Christmas gift, or send to a loved one abroad. The calendar is a symbol of what can be produced, when we all work together, with one goal in mind – Love Laois.”
Laois Tourism chairperson Caragh Burns-Sharma congratulated SOSAD Laois on their tremendous work and said her organisation was proud to have collaborated with Laois County Council and Laois Chamber, in the production of the beautiful charity calendar.
Speaking at the launch, Laois County Council cathoirleach cllr Conor Bergin said: “Communities in Laois have demonstrated their capacity to garner significant achievements on a national stage in 2021 and in order to acknowledge this, it is very fitting that a community calendar be launched in advance of the Christmas season. It is hoped that the calendar can be purchased by as many people as possible and in so doing, that much-needed and valued support is given to those who need assistance in our community.
“This is also an opportunity, however modest, for people to connect with families and friends abroad, through spreading the good word of how towns and villages have continued to put their best foot forward during the pandemic.”
SOSAD Ireland provides support and services free of charge to people who are struggling with suicidal ideation, self harming, bereavement, depression, stress and anxiety or simply need to talk.
Christy Bannon of Laois SOSAD said the charity was sincerely grateful to receive such support from the three organisations involved in producing the calendar.
He said: “The people of Laois have donated freely to charities for far too long and received no support in return. With SOSAD Laois, all money raised in Laois stays in Laois, to provide free counselling and support to the people of Laois.”
The A4 calendar features images ranging from the Cathole Falls in the Slieve Bloom Mountains and Timahoe round tower to Main Street, Portlaoise and the Market House in Stradbally.
A special calendar to celebrate Abbeyleix as 2021 Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town award winner has also been produced and will be available at Breslin’s SuperValu, Abbeyleix.
The Love Laois 2022 calendar can be purchased for only €2 at Mulhall’s SuperValu, Portlaoise; AllBooks, Lyster Square Portlaoise; Dempsey’s Gala, Patrick Street, Portarlington; The Gandon Inn Service Station, Exit 15 M7, Emo and Breslin’s SuperValu, Abbeyleix.