The South West region of St Vincent De Paul has paid tribute to the public for its "phenomenal" support of its annual car draw, sponsored by CAB Motor Company.
The charity revealed that in excess of €260,000 was raised following an urgent appeal for funds in November.
SVP South West said that the fundraising total is "significantly more" than the 2019 figure of €188,000 and they were humbled by the generosity of the public in such difficult times.
South West Regional President Paddy O’Flynn said the much-needed funds would "go a long way" to assisting struggling families in the region.
"We made no secret of the fact that this was going to be an unprecedentedly difficult year for us in terms of fundraising as a result of Covid-19 and people came out in their droves to support us - it was a huge success," he said.
"We are eternally grateful to everyone who pledged their support to this year’s car draw.
"The money raised will enable us to continue supporting those in need during these extremely challenging times. "Once again, I would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated or bought raffle tickets for our car draw, and also a huge thank you to our sponsors CAB Motor Company for their continued support," Mr O'Flynn continued.
This year’s car draw was due to take place on January 7.
Due to current level 5 restrictions, SVP South West have made the decision to postpone the draw until February 10, 2021.
Mr O’Flynn said that all ticket sales have now been closed as planned.
"We hope that the public will understand that it just isn’t feasible to hold the draw in the current climate.
"As a charity working closely with some of the most vulnerable people in society, we prioritise the health and safety of others and we feel it is best to postpone the draw for a couple of weeks.
"We look forward to giving the keys of the brand-new Ford Focus St Line from CAB Motor Company to the lucky winner," he said.