Local charity lunch a fantastic success

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Sunday, December 4th, 2011
The Canal Court Hotel was the venue for the 12th annual Newry Business Christmas Charity Lunch, hosted by the Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade. The event took place on Thursday 1st December and raised a total of £67, 852 for local children’s charities incorporating cash and toys, bringing the total raised in the 12 years of this event to a staggering £808,750. Two local charities, both of which are featured on Newry Times – the Saint Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army – will help distribute toys brought along by guests throughout the local area. The lunch was attended by over 650 people, together with 200 local school children. Prior to the Charity Lunch, the Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade also organised a Santa’a Charity Fun Run in Hill Street, with almost 100 sponsored runners taking part. There was a warm welcome at the event for Julia Sokele, who will represent Latvia and Northern Ireland at the Face of Europe Finals in Euro Disney from the 8th to the 10th of December this year. Julia, accompanied by Dr. Gerard O’Hare, Gemma Murphy, Orla Jackson and Declan McChesney, then presented three special primary school children with travel vouchers for their families to travel to Euro Disney and Nashville, USA. The three special primary school children were:
  • Lauren Maguire of Ballyholland Primary School
  • Ciaran Finn Lynch of St. Joseph’s Primary School, Bessbrook
  • Ronan Duffy of St. Malachy’s Primary School & Nursery Unit, Camlough
Ryan Cinnamond, a young man of tremendous courage, also received a voucher towards a family holiday after receiving a fantastic reception from those in attendance. A spokesperson for the organising committee said, “adversity and challenging economic times has the habit of bringing out the best in people and the Newry Charity Lunch is all about people and the Christmas spirit of giving to others.” The 12 nominated beneficiary charities of the Christmas Charity Lunch were the Newry Gateway Club, Rathore Special School and its associated Summer Scheme, St Vincent de Paul Society, The Salvation Army, The Children’s Ward Daisy Hill Hospital, Southern Area Hospice, the Polish Supplementary School in Newry, Friends of Children, Home-Start Newry & Mourne, The Drake Music Project, Riding for the Disabled Newry Group and the Pointer Programme.
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