Boat for Hope

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 in NEWS ARCHIVE

For the third time, Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ireland hosted the“BOAT FOR HOPE 2014” family fun day at Howth Yacht Club on Sunday, 29th June 2014. Up to 80 children (with disabilities) and their families went out on the water in the harbour in glorious sunshine for a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ themed battle with the big ship to try and get the treasure  from the pirates and returned to shore for a BBQ lunch and entertainment. Thanks to the skippers and their families for providing their boats from Howth and surrounding areas.

Variety would like to thank The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Mags Murray who presided at the ‘Raising of  the Flag Cermony’along with Robert Duffy the ex Coxwain of the Lifeboat. The Commodore, Brian Turvey, Pat Murphy, Management and Members of Howth Yacht Club for their support and cooperation. The Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food, Simon Coveney, TD and the Harbour Master Captain R. Maitra, The sponsors for their generosity. Oracle for presenting a wheelchair to Naomi. The volunteers from UPS (United Parcel Services) and all of our own faithful band of Variety Crew and members. The emergency services from North Strand Fire Station, the Irish Red Cross and the Coast Guard.

The aim of the day was to provide a boating experience for children who have special needs and based on the feedback we have received this was more than achieved. Thank you to everyone involved.

Variety, the Children’s Charity is a non-profit charitable organisation dedicated to raising funds for children with special needs in Ireland for over sixty years. As every child’s life is not plain sailing, Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ireland continues to do phenomenal work. You can support the charity by becoming a sponsor or donate on line at www.varietyireland.org. Buy a Gold Heart for €2.

Doreen Smyth, Chief Barker

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