On Tuesday last Volunteer Expo Wexford took place in The Talbot Hotel in Wexford town. Karl Fitzpatrick, President of The Rotary Club of Wexford, it was the first time that an event of this kind was held in the County. The purpose of the event was to assist locally based volunteer led organisations in their endeavours to recruit new volunteers to meet the growing demand for their services.
Over 40 volunteer led organisations exhibited at the event and over 500 aspiring volunteers were in attendance. The success of this event was reiterated by Rob Walpole from the charity, ALONE, who stated that “We have over 50 potential volunteers to meet over the coming weeks from this event.” Ben Doyle of St Vincent DePaul stated “The Expo went above and beyond our expectations and we are thankful to The Rotary Club of Wexford for organising such an important community focused event.”
One of the highlights of the Expo was provided by headline speaker Fr. Peter McVerry. Fr McVerry spoke about his journey into volunteering and as a life-long advocate for many charitable causes, he emphasised that what you get back from volunteering, is always far greater than what you give.
Karl Fitzpatrick, President of The Rotary Club of Wexford stated “We are overwhelmed with the success of Volunteer Expo Wexford and the positive feedback that we received from both exhibitors and attendees illustrates that the spirit of volunteering continues to flourish across County Wexford. The Rotary Club of Wexford is delighted to have been in a position to continue to promote its ethos of service before self, through this event.”