Glo­ri­ous evening at the Southend Street Feast

Wexford People - - NEWS -

THE COM­MU­NITY of Maudlin­town and The Faythe came to­gether to cel­e­brate their fourth an­nual Street Feast in glo­ri­ous evening sun­shine.

The event, which was or­gan­ised by the Southend Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre, drew a large crowd from the lo­cal area who brought food for the event and en­joyed so­cial­is­ing with their neigh­bours and friends. Kids had the chance to get their face painted by Tina O’Dwyer from Odd Socks and played hop­scotch and other games to­gether.

Southend Devel­op­ment Worker Siob­han Hay­den said the event had been a bril­liant suc­cess that was en­joyed by the large crowd who at­tended. She ex­pressed par­tic­u­lar thanks to Danone and Londis The Faythe for spon­sor­ing var­i­ous food stuffs for the event. She also thanked the lo­cal com­mu­nity for em­brac­ing the idea so read­ily.

‘I got the idea a few years ago, I had seen some­thing on­line about Street Feast par­ties and de­cided that we would try it at the cen­tre. My hope is that the com­mu­nity will take own­er­ship of it and con­tinue to run it in the years ahead and I know they will be­cause it’s an amaz­ing com­mu­nity in the south end.’

The event, she said, at­tracted peo­ple of all ages, from four months up to the higher vin­tages!

The Southend Cen­tre also un­veiled their new de­fib­ril­la­tor on the night. Ms Hay­den ex­plained that the de­fib­ril­la­tor had been do­nated to the cen­tre by Brian Ho­gan of The Faythe Phar­macy. The funds re­quired for the pro­tec­tive box were raised through the cen­tre’s Op­er­a­tion Trans­for­ma­tion ini­tia­tive and the Water­ford Wex­ford Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Board pro­vided fund­ing for the train­ing of 20 lo­cal peo­ple.

Ms Hay­den pointed out that, to her knowl­edge, they were the first com­mu­nity group in the area to have a de­fib­ril­la­tor and said a lot of peo­ple had ex­pressed an in­ter­est in be­ing trained to use it.

Un­veil­ing the new de­fib­ril­la­tor at the Southend Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre dur­ing the Street Feast.

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