Community comes together to help school celebrate Family Fun Day.
Up to 500 people turned up to the first event in a major fundraising campaign, raising €4,000 towards the overall €25,000 cost of a proposed new running track and sensory room at a primary school in West Cork.
Children, parents and even grand-parents got involved in the events at Scoil na mBuachailli in Clonakilty, which included everything from tug-owar to greasy pole, a hedge maze and a traditional slow bicycle race to soccer and a variety of games. Bystanders munched burgers, sipped coffee and enjoyed the free cakes and buns baked by parents at the Food Village.
The Family Fun day took place to the sound of live music as the Clonakilty branch of Comhaltas Clonakilty performed onstage followed by a series of school bands. The event raised well above the expected target of €3,000 towards the cost of the facilities.
“It was a great day - parents came out in force and even the parents of past pupils were helping out at the event,” said Eileen Collins, chairperson of the parents committee, who said several local businesses got behind the event, offering their services and resources while many parents baked cakes and buns and cookies which they donated to the event.
“This was very much about the community supporting the school. The great thing was, people really enjoyed it and I want to thank everyone for their support. It was just amazing and we surpassed our fund-raising target which was great.”
The Sensory Room, which is a facility for children with special needs, will provide an environment where pupils can relax and access a wide range of sensory experiences, while the astroturf running track which will be laid around the school football pitch, will enable pupils to train safely in all weathers and throughout the year.
School principal Barth Harrington thanked everyone who contributed to the event and paid tribute to the organew nisers of the event, saying that the committee behind the Fun Day had actually started preparations several months previously.
“A huge amount of hard work went into making the day such a success, and we are delighted to see that we surpassed our fundraising target on the day. It was great vote of confidence in Scoil namBuachailli from the community of Clonakilty.”
Crowds enjoying the Family Funday at Scoil na mBuachaillí, Clonakilty.
A slow bicycle race in aid of Family Funday for Scoil na mBuachaillí, Clonakilty.
Organisers Eileen Collins (Chairperson of the Parent’s Association) and Keith Kennedy with Monsignor Aidan O’Driscoll.