Good Relations day brings community together in Whiteabbey
Whiteabbey’s Community Centre was buzzing last Saturday, as the Whiteabbey Community Group’s inspired a large turnout their third Annual Good Relations Fun Day. This year the event was celebrated with Whiteabbey’s Cross-Community Football Clubs and the Team Oscar Appeal.
The Group was proud to be supported by the building relationships in communities programme (bric), implemented in partnership by the Northern Ireland Rural Development Council, the Housing Executive and TIDES training, and funded by European Union's Peace III Programme. bric’s Good Relations Officer for this area, Chris Davis, stated; "It was really exciting to see such a great turnout to Saturday's Celebration; the bric programme and the hard work of the Whiteabbey Community Group and volunteers created a fun and inclusive environment which was so embraced by the local community and beyond.”
"Good relations is embedded at the heart of all the Housing Executive's work, and through the dedication of the Whiteabbey Community Group, the bric programme empowered the Group and local residents to create an open and inclusive environment throughout the day with a thrilling range of family activities. These included a petting zoo with an alpaca, wallaby and falabella pony ride, zorbing, several bouncy castles and plenty of food provided by New Abbey Foods and El Burrito." Chair of Community Group, Margaret King, added; "Our Group has been overwhelmed by the support shown by Whiteabbey residents and our surrounding communities who came together to celebrate last Saturday."
“The community also congratulated the talented Whiteabbey Football Club on their taking part in Deborah Sloan Memorial Cup Tournament, which was presented during the event. Deborah Sloan was lost from our community in 1999 at only 15 years old after a long battle with cancer. With the support of the bric programme, we were able to further honour Deborah’s memory by presenting the each team member with a medal to accompany the Cup itself. The Team also funded a new Plaque and two Cups for Deborah’s Girls Brigade in Whiteabbey, via a sponsored walk from our Centre to the Carrickfergus Castle.”
“Martin Wilson from Whiteabbey also showed his support to the Sloan family by raising an incredible £1360 for Action Cancer by running in the Belfast Marathon amongst other things, in honour of her battle with the disease.” “Additionally local resident Megan Southham fundraised £325.00 for the ‘Team Oscar Appeal’ who hope to fund an immunization treatment for three year old Oscar Knox against the aggressive cancer he has been battling, Neuroblastoma.”
"I would like to thank Whiteabbey Community Group’s volunteers, FC Whiteabbey, and all our residents who came together to help organize and set up the event. I’d also like to thank everyone who attended and enjoyed the afternoon, and to specifically to acknowledge the support of the bric programme partners, Chris Davis the bric Good Relations Officer and her invaluable assistance, and the PSNI for their support in making this Annual Fun Day our most successful yet."