On Monday 23rd May, 26 employees from Alcon Ireland spent the day overhauling and refurbishing the Togher Scout Centre. Each year, Alcon/Novaritis employees worldwide are encouraged to give back to their local communities through a wide range of volunteer activities that are chosen by the staff. This year, employees contributed over 1,500 volunteer hours to organisations throughout Ireland such as Irish Wheelchair Association in Blackrock and the Togher Scouts Centre.
During the transformation of the Togher Scouts Centre, Alcon Ireland undertook a wide variety of tasks including laying a new floor in the main hall along with painting walls and ceilings. But their generosity did not stop there as they also laid a new carpet on the stairway and board room on the first floor. Not to mention the cleaning crew who could only be described as the ‘Justice League of Spring Cleaning’ who cleaned and scrubbed every inch of the existing kitchen and bathrooms, cleaner than they have been since the day they went in over thirty years ago!
The Togher Scout group are most appreciative of the project undertaken by Alcon Ireland and would like to thank The Alcon Ireland Community Partnership Day project team leaders Miriam O’Connor, Gabrielle Sheehan, Valerie Walsh, Anthony Dorgan, Vera Cahill, Jennifer Corbishley and Group Scout Leader Pat Spillane for all their efforts over the last few months planning the event.
Amongst the group of 26 Alcon volunteers were Eddie Barrett, Ed O’Sullivan, Robert Farrell, Tracey O’Connell, Garthe Harte, Ciarán Gilmore, Ashley Tobin, Tom Quinn, Jack Sherwood and Keith Geaney, just to name a few….
In particular the Togher Scouts group would also like to thank the Alcon Ireland employee Tracey Twomey who is also one of the Beaver Scout parents for nominating the Togher Scout Centre as a project.
The 37th Cork (Togher) group cater for Beaver Scouts (aged 6, 7, 8) meet on Wednesdays 6. 15 p.m. to 7. 30 p.m.; Cub Scouts (aged 9, 10 and 11) meet on Tuesdays 7 pm. To 9 pm; Scouts aged (12, 13, 14) meet on Monday nights 7.30 to 9 p.m. Both the Beaver Scout and Cub Scout sections are full at the moment but there will be vacancies in September with the going up ceremonies and the normal progression into the next section. Interested parents need to enrol now for the coming scout year. Plans are also afoot for the re-establishment of a Venture Scout Section to cater for the age group of 15, 16 and 17 year olds.
The Togher Scout Centre houses the Walter McGrath Museum with historical records going back to 1909 shortly after the formation of Scouting. Photographic Albums in 21 volumes kept by the late Mr. McGrath which cover the period from 1930 right up to 1988 are also housed in the centre.
The Cork Fellowship Scout Group also meet at the centre on the last Monday of each month at 11 a.m. This group consists of former leaders in scouting ranging in age from 65 years to 90 years often described as the golden oldies and ‘the last of the summer wine’