NewsCommunityBerney has the drive to help Limerick cancer patientsBy Liam Togher – May 15, 2014 686 Advertisement Pieta ask people to share their sunrise this Saturday TAGSBerney EiversCare To DrivecharitychemotherapydrivingIrish Cancer SocietyNational Volunteering Weekvolunteering Linkedin WITH National Volunteering Week taking place this week (May 12-18), retired Redgate resident Berney Eivers reflected with pride on his involvement with the Irish Cancer Society (ICS).He volunteers as a driver for the charity under their Care To Drive project, which offers free transport for chemotherapy patients to and from their treatment. Berney has taken more than 100 drives for the ICS since linking up with the charity in July 2012 and it began by accident rather than design.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He said: “After I retired I got involved with a couple of charities but I wasn’t getting much of a buzz from it. Then I was told by my daughter, who works in University Hospital Limerick, that she heard a commercial on the radio that the ICS were looking for drivers. I did six months of training with them and then there was a vetting period before I started two years ago.”He undertakes a drive for the ICS at least once a week, possibly more often if so required. He has covered Limerick, Clare and Tipperary in his time as a volunteer, sometimes driving more than 100 kilometres to collect a patient.Berney, who also fills his time by participating in the Boherbuoy Brass and Reed Band and an investment club in Galway, said that he derives considerable enjoyment from the driving.“I really, really like it. I had helped out with other charities but that didn’t really fit the bill, but this is different. I feel very comfortable doing it and it’s not stressful at all.“The clients I help are very good and they have great personalities, considering their troubles. We have great chats in the car on the way to and from their treatment.” Print Oxfam Limerick calls on decluttering locals to do the #JoeyChallenge4Oxfam – a donation drive with a twist Generous Keith gives the shirt off his back to children’s charity Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Three Limerick charities receive Aldi Community Grants donations Limerick sings from the rooftops to thank frontline workers Previous articleNewsreel for Arts…Next articleThings going ‘from bad to worse’ in Limerick Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Limerick Charity getting sweet treats from Shannon Heritage
Northern Irish baker Irwin’s has been awarded funding from the Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN) to develop its range of “smart breads”.Irwin’s intends to use the new £28,000 grant to develop breads aimed at tackling a range of health issues in Northern Ireland. MD Brian Irwin said the baker has already achieved a number of UK and Ireland industry firsts with functional breads – including folic acid fortified breads, added-calcium children’s products, reduced salt breads and, most recently, a low-Glycaemic Index white loaf, with a GI ranking of 39.“With the help of the ICBAN award, we are now aiming to take our capabilities in this area even further – by creating more breads capable of addressing other specific health concerns prevalent here, such as heart disease, in a much more targeted and impactful way,” said Mr Irwin.The ICBAN bursary was made possible through Euro-pean Union funding.
RelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Djokovic fined $10,000 for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ Novak Djokovic inspired Serbia to win the inaugural ATP Cup title with a 2-1 victory over Spain at the Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney. The final of the new 24-team competition went down to a deciding-doubles match after Djokovic prevailed over Rafael Nadal in the second singles tie to level proceedings between the teams. Spain, who won the Davis Cup team competition at the end of November, decided not to field Nadal in the final match and instead partnered Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez together. After his loss to Djokovic, and the intensity of the 10 days as a whole, Nadal shared that his energy levels were “a little bit lower than usual” and duly put his faith in his team-mates. In contrast, Djokovic was energised by his singles victory and once out on court for the doubles, dictated the script in the deciding encounter. He said: “I’ll remember this experience for the rest of my life as one of the nicest moments of my career, for sure. I’ve been very fortunate to have had an amazing career but playing for the team and the country can’t be matched. It’s too special.” In the doubles, the world No 2 helped to calm his partner Viktor Troicki, after they were broken in the very first game. He kept his own game on point and gave his compatriot the licence to play with freedom, despite the high stakes. With Troicki’s levels soaring, and the Spanish pairing not able to find a way around the world No 2 either, Serbia went up a set and a break. With a 6-3 3-2 lead, Djokovic faced a potential break point on his serve however on the deciding point, he connected sweetly with a second serve and forced the error on the return. Djokovic and Troicki continued to thrive off the ardent Serbian support in the stands and after the teams exchanged holds, Djokovic served it out to love to secure their maiden ATP Cup title. The 55th singles meeting between Djokovic and Nadal had created the competition’s thrilling finale and highlighted why both players are second and first in the world. The Serbian broke his Nadal in the first game and went on to win his 18th set in a row against him (on hard courts) by 6-2. With a 19-7 head-to-head record against Nadal on the surface, Djokovic had been in such a positive position before but also knew to expect significant retaliation from the world No 1. Nadal started to generate waves of his own as the second set played-out and none more so than the tennis he produced to claw himself back from 15-30 at 5-5 all. Djokovic’s break point opportunities arrived after he outlasted Nadal in a barn-storming rally but from there, he had to applaud the world No 1’s determination and skill-level. Nadal cancelled out the first break point through a jaw-dropping forehand volley, one that graced the line, and then unleashed a world-class 145km backhand winner to claw it back to deuce. He roared as he went on to hold. With the crowd making themselves heard at every opportunity, the second set went to an enthralling tie-break. After sharing the opening eight points, Djokovic unleashed a wicked backhand winner of his own to create a window of opportunity at 5-4. He forced Nadal into an error on the backhand slice to take the next point. Then, on his own serve secured the first of his two match points for the much-needed 6-2 7-6 (7-4) victory. In the first tie of the final, Roberto Bautista Agut had too much for Dusan Lajovic to handle and beat the Serbian 7-5 6-1.Tags: ATP CupKen ROsewell ArenaNovak DjokovicRafael NadalSerbia