HAS MAYOR Paul Bell been good enough to get a present from Santa this year?
That was the question when the Mayor and a group of children from Drogheda's Rainbow Club, the junior branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association, enjoyed a great day out at Funtasia Waterpark.
On Saturday 32 boys and girls had a very special treat sponsored by Funtasia on behalf of the Mayor's office.
The Rainbow kids, aged between three and 11, had a ball in the Eygptian themed bowling and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Atlantis multi level play area. Then Santa Claus arrived bearing gifts
"Santa asked me if I'd been good but I said no comment, I'll let other people decide that," laughed Mayor Bell.
"Funtasia Waterpark is a fabulous facility. The children and their parents were really excited when they heard about the trip. It is a child's paradise and they really have wonderful time here," he added.
Having a great day out too was Rainbow Club co-ordinator Linda Bell. "It is wonderful for the children, some of whom have very special needs, to get the opportunity to play together in a place like this. Even the parents are having fun, it's great that they can relax and enjoy themselves too. It's like a fantasy land for children and we all want to say a big thank you to Funtasia."
Linda explained the Rainbow Club provides leisure and recreational activities for children and young people who have a variety of disabilities. The group has around 70 members aged from three up to 30 from Drogheda and the surrounding areas. "We do everything from arts and crafts to sports. We have youth club nights midweek and activities on Saturday mornings for younger ones."
Funtasia Management Tara and Bernard McCormick said they were delighted to be able to provide a Christmas treat for the Rainbow club.
Mayor Bell thanked and the staff at the entertainment centre for making the kids day. "They really looked after us very well and everyone had a wonderful time. Christmas has come early this year but as to Santa Claus's question I think I'll have to get back to him on that one," quipped Bell.