Monday 26 August 2019

Fun in the sun at Donkey Sanctuary


Sheila Fitzgerald

The sudden onset of summer and a rapid rise in temperatures prompted teddy bears from across north Cork and beyond to take time out and bring their young owners to the annual Teddy Bear's Picnic at the Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll last week.

The sun-drenched sanctuary provided the perfect setting for a picnic as families spread their blankets in the paddocks and walkways to dine al fresco.

Children ensured their teddy bears were looking smart for the judges, who picked their way amongst the crowds in search of the 'Best-Dressed Teddy' and 'Best Look-Alike Teddy and Owner'.

There were lots of fun and games on the day, including a hospital where members of the sanctuary veterinary team examined the health of teddy bears and applied little plasters and bandages as required. Following the check-up, teddy bears received a certificate to show they were in excellent health. 

The young visitors and their parents also had the chance to meet and groom some of the wonderful donkeys at the sanctuary and  participate with gusto in face-painting, nail art and colouring. Other fun activities included hook a duck, sweet wheel of fortune, sand art, bouncy castles and sand-pit fun, and everyone went home happy and tired after enjoying a great day out. 

Of course, there is a serious side to the Teddy Bear's Picnic. The Donkey Sanctuary currently has 1,800 donkeys and mules in its care, with the picnic one in a series of events on the sanctuary calendar to help raise funds for looking after the animals in its care. 

Its fundrasing manager, Breeda Clancy,  said she was pleased to see such a large turnout for the picnic. 

"I was delighted to see so many families having fun here today for the event. Our thanks go to everyone for their kindness and continued support. People are always welcome at he Donkey Sanctuary," said Breeda.