Heather hosts evening in aid of or­phan­age

Bray People - - Aboutgreystones -

LAST THURS­DAY EVENING over 30 Grey­stones lo­cals de­scended on the home of Grey­stones woman, Heather Fin­ney, for a fundrais­ing evening.

The cof­fee and mu­sic evening was a tremendous suc­cess with € 400 be­ing raised for the Ni­coresti Or­phan­age in Ro­ma­nia.

Heather along­side her friend Tr­ish Car­rig held the event as way of show­ing their sup­port for an­other Grey­stones lady, Mar­ion Smith, who since 1998 has raised money for the or­phan­age.

Mar­ion first vol­un­teered in 1998 for four months in Ni­coresti Or­phan­age.

Dur­ing her time there she was wit­ness to the ter­ri­ble con­di­tions chil­dren with dis­abil­ity were ex­posed to such as no run­ning wa­ter, bro­ken win­dows and soiled mat­tresses.

As vol­un­teer, Mar­ion, fundraises each Christ­mas and trav­els over to Ro­ma­nia so that long term vol­un­teers can come home for Christ­mas.

Andy and Mar­ion Smith run ther­a­peu­tic mu­sic ses­sions with the young adults and bring colour­ful per­cus­sion in­stru­ments.

‘ We have learned songs in Ro­ma­nian and have lots of fun mak­ing mu­sic. Most of th­ese young peo­ple can­not talk, and mu­sic is an in­ter­na­tional lan­guage, a great way to com­mu­ni­cate with them. We also take over the run­ning of one of the homes, hous­ing 16 young adults, clean­ing, cook­ing, car­ing so that the Ro­ma­nian staff can be home with their fam­i­lies and to cut costs,’ ex­plained Mar­ion.

The money raised on Thurs­day night will be used to buy the ex­tras for each young adult at this time of year such as treats, food and Santa.

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