We have been inspired by the community-based initiatives delivered by Members during lockdown, such as the Bingo nights in Avondale Park in Mulhuddart, part of the Dublin West Co-op. Organiser and resident Ann-Marie Reid hopes they can hold more events in the future.
I must say, lockdown has been hard, but we had great fun doing Bingo with other residents at Avondale Park. It was wonderful during lockdown to bring people together for a good cause. We were proud to raise over €920 for frontline workers. We still haven’t chosen which deserving charity we will donate the money to yet, but we’re hoping to do an online pole via the Avondale Lockdown Bingo page so residents can decide.
We held three Bingo nights for residents. They started small, but once we ran the first night, we scaled it up adding spot prizes such as hampers and held a raffle. We also ran two dancing competitions for different age groups of kids in the estate to take part in with prizes for both the winners and small gifts those who took part.
I’d like to thank fellow residents Sarah Callery and Ciara Somers for their work on Avondale Lockdown Bingo. We were grateful to get support from some local organisations including Egan’s Shop, Salveta’s Take Away Corduff, Avondale Youth Café, Julio’s Take Away Mulhuddart, Daly’s Pharmacy Dublin 7 and Centra Corduff. A huge thank you also to the residents who took part and contributed to the Bingo. We hope we lifted everyone’s spirits during lockdown.