Published 18/09/2012 | 16:48
NORTH Dublin Chernobyl Children International have kicked off their fundraising for 2013 with a generous donation of €400 from the Fingal Farmers Group.
The money was raised at the recent Flavours of Fingal show that was held in Newbridge Demense when local farmers Jim Scully and Padraic McMahon organised a ' Guess the weight of the Bull' competition to raise the cash. The bull was kindly supplied by Alife Melville and the prize of a weekend away sponsored by FBD was won by Kenny Smith of St. Margarets. Tony Corbally and Padraic McMahon recently presented the cheque to Margaret McNulty ( Assistant Treasurer North Dublin CCI) and two of our visiting children Vika & Dasha along with their host dad Peter Rooney. Fingal Farmers Group along with Fingal County Council were involved in the organisation of the Flavours of Fingal show which in its first year turned out to be a huge success with over 20,000 people attending the two day event. Tony and Sheila Corbally of Fingal Farm Supplies, Ballyboughal kindly organised complimentary tickets along with Sean & Margaret McNulty for the visiting children from Belarus and their host families. Trina Gilchriest, Chairperson of North Dublin CCI attended on the day with her two visiting children Vika (10) and Dasha (9). ' We thoroughly enjoyed the day and the girls really loved the whole atmosphere going on around them. We even got the sun!! 'It was a fantastic day out and we really hope it will become an annual event. I was so surprised when we were approached by Jim Scully on the day and told about the competition. We had no idea they were organising it for us. We are absolutely thrilled both with the kind gesture and support for our local organisation.' Host family Sean and Margaret McNulty , who also attended the festival with their girls from Belarus Veranika (8) and Nastyia (9) said: ' The event was so well organised with something for all ages to enjoy. The girls really loved all the animals and in particular the dog show.' North Dublin CCI hosted 20 children this year locally with host families based in Swords, Oldtown, Kilsallaghan, Roganstown, Castle knocks and Ongar. ' The summer was a great success and the support of local community and businesses has been overwhelming. We are given so many offers of help it is astonishing. ' The children enjoyed numerous day trips and activities offered by Sportslink, Tayto Park, Oldtown House, Corks of Ashbourne, Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown, Little Moo Moo's of St. Margarets, Duffys Circus and Fort Lucan.' The medical issues of the children were all taken care of free of charge by Specsavers in Swords and the Plaza Clinic. Dr David Patton and Dr Orla McGeary along with the staff of the dental practice in Seatown West set up two special Saturday clinics to treat 16 of the 20 visiting children. 'We are extremely grateful to all of those who helped us in anyway this year. The children had a fantastic time and have gone home to Belarus with fantastic memories of their time spent in Ireland. We have had a hugely successful year for 2012 any now the work starts all over again for our 2013. We need to raise in the region on €20,000 for next year's group and with thanks to Fingal Farmers Group the bank account is already up and running.' If anyone is interested in joining the group or helping with fundraising please contact Trina Gilchriest on 087-9969864 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.