Family fun for Down Syndrome

THE Laois Down Syndrome Association will be hosting their third annual Easter Sunday Family Fun Day in the community field in Ballacolla this weekend on March 31.

THE Laois Down Syndrome Association will be hosting their third annual Easter Sunday Family Fun Day in the community field in Ballacolla this weekend on March 31.

There will be a wide variety of events to suit all the family, and organisers are hoping for a large turnout on the day. Among the many attractions there is a tractor pull competition, tug o war for ladies and gents, military vehicles, cake stalls and bric a brac, a dog show, refreshments, music the Durrow Fire Brigade and pony and trap rides, to name a few.

Organisers have expressed their thanks to everyone for supporting this event, giving special thanks to the Ballacolla Community Committee and also Clough Ballacolla GAA for their help and support in the running of the day. Gratitude was also expressed to Tom Hennessy at Manor Stone for sponsoring the Perpetual Cups for the Tug O War; and Robin Talbot and Noel Sheil for the use of their fields to accommodate parking, the Tractor Pull, and the Vintage Show; Joe Welsh and his team who run the Pony and Trap rides; and Canice Gorman who gets the military vehicles on site.

As well as these there are a number of other people who help make the day happen, including PJ Ryan Waste Collection Company for the free supply of the red rubbish bins around site; All the business community who have put up prizes and supported Laois Down Syndrome tirelessly in recent times; Eddie Hubbard and his team from the tug o war Association for putting their teams together for this event; the dog show organisers and everyone else associated with the success of the event.

As well as these people, locals in the area were also thanked by chairman of Laois Down Syndrome, Michael Gorman. “To the pubs, businesses and the general public around Ballacolla itself who have rowed in full square behind our event yet again, the Durrow Fire Brigade, our pony and trap teams and stewards, and finally John McCartney and co; without whose help we would not have been able to organise the whole day’s events”.

Michael told the Leinster Express, “without the help and support of these individuals it would have been impossible to hold this event. We will be thanking you individually in the coming days, and to you the general public who have given in so many different ways to this event yet again.”

Anyone wishing to help by giving an hour or two support on the day or with any queries can ring Michael on 086 8064135. All donations of bric a brac, cakes, buns, sandwiches and anything that might bring in funds on the day will be gratefully appreciated. Admission is €5 per car and €3 per person. All funds raised are in aid of the Laois Down Syndrome Association.