Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Schoolkids get on board for cancer charity fun day

P7 pupils from Forge Integrated Primary School in south Belfast join Translink Metro inspector Eugene Dinnen and Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children schools' fundraiser Rachel Burgoyne to launch the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children school fun day Brian Thompson/ Press Eye

School children from south Belfast will be boarding the bus for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children schools’ fun day later this month.

For the third consecutive year, Translink will supply buses free of charge to transport more than 850 primary school pupils and their teachers to and from the event at Belfast’s Ormeau Park on Friday September 24.

This year’s event, which will raise vital funds for children and young people living with cancer and their families, promises to be bigger and brighter than ever and will get underway with a one mile sponsored walk, followed by a morning of entertainment and a banner competition.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Bring a Smile’.

Rachel Burgoyne, schools and youth fundraiser for the NICFC, said: “Every week in Northern Ireland, three more families are given the devastating news that their child has cancer.

“Belfast’s primary schools have been extremely generous in their support of NICFC and this year’s schools’ fun day is shaping up to be our biggest and best yet.

“I’m delighted that Translink have pledged their support for a third year and I look forward to a great day of fun activities.”

Lynda Shannon, communications manager for Translink, added: “Following the success of last year’s events, we are pleased to once again support NICFC by providing free travel for children to fun days across Northern Ireland.

“These events are a great way to raise awareness of a serious issue and help support hundreds of local families living with the effects of cancer.

“Our bus services will enable more schools to enjoy an exciting day out while raising money for a very worthwhile cause.

“We hope NICFC can build on the impressive fundraising total achieved last year and look forward to welcoming pupils and their teachers onboard.”

For more information about the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children or to find out how you can volunteer for this and other events, please contact Rachel Burgoyne on 028 9080 5599 or email rachel@nicfc.com.

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