Sum­mer Project makes wel­come re­turn in ‘09


Bray People - - About Greystones -

THE Grey­stones Sum­mer Project is to have a tri­umphant re­turn this year, hav­ing been on hold since 2006 due to a lack of suit­able premises.

Any­one in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved can go along to the AGM in the Parish Cen­tre next Wed­nes­day Fe­bru­ary 25 at 8 p.m.

The Sum­mer Project was es­tab­lished in 1980 and for 25 years the vol­un­tary com­mit­tee ar­ranged a two-week pro- gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing arts, crafts, sports and tours for hun­dreds of chil­dren in Grey­stones.

A re­vival of the project be­gan last year with a mas­sive ‘fun-day’ and plenty of new vol­un­teers came on board.

The project be­gan, al­most three decades ago, when a lo­cal par­ents’ as­so­ci­a­tion met to dis­cuss the need for ‘a com­mu­nity project which de­vel­ops a com­mu­nity spirit. It tran- scends all bar­ri­ers and be­liefs. For two weeks we are one.’

The aims of the project re­main the same, said or­gan­is­ers. They are to in­still con­fi­dence and re­spon­si­bil­ity in youth, to tap the tal­ents of young peo­ple, to de­velop an aware­ness of the en­vi­ron­ment and an ap­proach to leisure time.

The first ever project opened with a fancy dress pa­rade through the town and fin­ished with a bar­beque and sing-song on the south beach. Over the years the fee has in­creased from £2.50 per child but the com­mit­tee hopes that every­one will agree even €30, the cur­rent cost, is a bar­gain for the packed pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties.

On their re­turn, the com­mit­tee of the sum­mer project said that they are very grate­ful to all the peo­ple who have given up time over the years.

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