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Park’s the fun spot as kids raise cash for charity

By John Mulgrew

More than 1,000 keen primary school children were treated to a day of fun and frolics yesterday to help raise money for one of Northern Ireland’s cancer charities.



Youngsters of all ages descended on Belfast’s Ormeau Park in the morning to help raise money for the Cancer Fund for Children.

According to Jude Austen, speaking on behalf of the charity, children from schools across Belfast enjoyed a raft of outdoor pursuits as well as the chance to help a good cause.

“It went really well — 1,300 children came and enjoyed a whole range of activities, face-painting and balloon modelling.”

Children from around 15 schools took part in a one-mile sponsored walk to help raise more money.

“A number of the children took part in a mile-long sponsored walk.

“It’s basically a thank you for them to the young children who have helped.”

Lord Mayor of Belfast Niall Ó Donnghaile attended the event along with members of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue service.

According to Ms Austen, three children, teenagers or young adults are diagnosed with cancer each week in Northern Ireland.

“It’s been fantastic and I would love to thank everyone for their help,” she said.

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