It's almost time to put the kettle on once again as the ever popular L’Arche Kilkenny Tea Morning makes a return for 2017. The local L’Arche community, which has houses in Callan and Kilmaganny, is inviting people to get their friends, family, or work colleagues together for a chat over coffee and to raise funds.
“We have been working on this for a while and we’re delighted to be in the stage of inviting people now”, Veronica Hogan-Lee, Garden Project Leader at L’Arche Kilkenny, explains. “We have done hand-written posters and distributed them around the different towns. It’s very exciting. We hope lots of people join us this year”.
L’Arche, a French word for the Ark, is an international network of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together. It was founded in 1964 in a small French village by Jean Vanier, Canadian philosopher, theologian and humanitarian. Today, L’Arche is a worldwide movement with 139 communities in 37 countries.
L’Arche Kilkenny was the first L'Arche community in Ireland. Jean Vanier and his sister Thérèse were personally involved in its foundation, together with the people of Kilmaganny. During the past 39 years the community has grown so that today L’Arche Kilkenny includes four residential houses, a Café, four Independent Living Core Member houses, a garden workshop and a craft workshop. L’Arche houses are home to 14 people with intellectual disabilities and many international volunteer assistants.
The community has run tea mornings with great success over the last two years, being this the third edition of the event. “Kilkenny people are very welcoming and generous, and they have always supported L’Arche, which we are grateful for. Our Tea Morning is not only a great way to fundraise for us; it is also a great excuse to meet up with old friends and make new ones over a nice cup of tea and a bun. Come join us and have a great time”, Veronica invites.
L’Arche Kilkenny’s Tea Morning will be held in the L’Arche Garden/workshop in Kilmaganny on Friday 21st of July from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. A raffle will also be held. Donations of raffle prizes and confectionary are most welcome. For more information please contact L’Arche through their website www.larcheireland.org or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/larcheireland/