Belfast Telegraph

Mayor tees off annual fundraising challenge

The Mayor of Newtownabbey will begin driving her annual fundraising challenge from the golf course this week, having |announced the names of the three charities she is to formally support this year.

Alderman Paula Bradley hosted an informal reception on Friday August 27, to mark the launch of her charities — the first of her planned fundraising events will be a charity golf day this Friday, |September 10.

This year, the mayor has chosen to support Allergy NI, NI Dyslexia Association and Sandes and will be collecting for the charities over the Christmas period and at fundraising events throughout the year.

Mrs Bradley said: “I am looking forward to working with each of the charities in the coming months and am confident that the people of Newtownabbey will be as generous as ever in their support for such worthy causes.”

Allergy NI is a local charity formed in 2005 to support people and families with serious and |potentially life-threatening allergies by providing education, information, raising awareness and campaigning on their behalf. The charity’s Support Centre accommodates meetings with relevant speakers, workshops for parents and carers, and workshops for children and young people.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “This is a tremendous |honour and recognition of the valuable work of Allergy NI.

“Paula attended the dinner and presentation of our Young |Person of the Year Awards last year in Corr’s Corner Hotel, and was impressed by the support we provide, and the extreme detail we undertook to ensure the safety of the meal for everyone.”

The Northern Ireland Dyslexic Association was formed over 25 years ago to provide help and information for dyslexic people and their families. It aims to secure recognition of dyslexia as a disability while encouraging local government to provide properly trained teachers for dyslexic children. The charity also aims to |advise and support parents, |teachers and dyslexic adults and to explore new ways and means |of overcoming the difficulties |created by dyslexia.

The Sandes charity is a Christian outreach to provide friendship and welfare facilities to members of HM Forces. The charity, which was founded in 1869, runs centres on military bases for personnel and their families creating a ‘home from home’ atmosphere and providing a listening ear and appropriate support.

The charity golf day starts at 11am on Friday, September 10 |at Greenacres Golf Centre in |Ballyclare.

Anyone wishing to participate or knows of a business who would like to sponsor a hole, contact Jenni Coulter at Newtownabbey Borough Council on 028 9034 0037.

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