Help­ing hands

Com­mu­nity comes to­gether to help school cel­e­brate Fam­ily Fun Day.

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Áilín Quin­lan

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.

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