The organisers of a massive Easter Eggstravaganza in aid of the Childhood Cancer Foundation, have made an appeal for more volunteers to help them with the running of their fantastic family fun day at Oakfield Park, Raphoe, on Easter Monday.
The family day includes Easter themed activities such as an egg trail, face painting and a balloon artist as well as train rides around the park and a visit from Emerald Garrison, Ireland’s premier Star Wars costuming club.
There will also be a vintage themed tea tent for grown-ups and home baked goods, perfect for an Easter picnic.
However organisers of the event still need some help and they are urging anyone who would like to volunteer to get in touch with them.
“We are hugely excited about Monday’s fun day and we know that everyone who comes along will really have a fantastic day, but we are also aware that will take a team of real heroes who will volunteer their time to help us ensure that everything runs smoothly,” one of the organisers, Maura Toner, said this week.
Those volunteers can be adults or teenagers over 16 and Maura suggested it might be a fantastic option for Transition Year students or others seeking to record community and voluntary activity for awards such as Gaisce.
“We have a range of voluntary roles to fill on the day and of course we already have people lined up to help, but we do need some more. If we have more volunteers than we need we will be only too glad to ask people to only give small amounts of their time,” Maura added.
As well as volunteers on the day, the event organisers are hoping for donations of home-baking to keep their tea tent well stocked.
“One way that people can definitely help is by donating items of home-baking for our tea tent and I am sure there are lots of people out there who would be more than keen to help out like that. In fact we already have had a few people offering to bake for us and that’s fantastic, but we will need lots to keep the tent well-stocked and all donations will be gratefully accepted.”
The organisers have put together an amazing action-packed day and Sir Gerry Robinson of Oakfield Park says they are delighted to host the event.
“This is a children’s cancer charity, set up by the parents of children who have been or are being treated for cancer in order to raise awareness of childhood cancer. A cancer diagnosis at any age is awful but when a child is diagnosed with cancer it has a ripple effect on their whole community.
“Unfortunately in Donegal we have very high per capita rates of many cancers, including childhood cancers and I am delighted to be able to help Childhood Cancer Foundation to raise funds in Donegal for Ireland’s national childhood cancer organisation. They want to take some of the fear that comes with a cancer diagnosis away from families and that is a worthy goal.”
He added: “I am proud that this will be the first event in Oakfield Park in 2014. The team from Childhood Cancer Foundation have been working with us for the past few months to organise a fun packed family day regardless of the weather, and between activities, families can enjoy the lovely surroundings of Oakfield Park.”
Childhood Cancer Foundation was launched on 15 February 2014, International Childhood Cancer Day and aims to highlight the issues affecting families and children diagnosed with cancer. It aims to raise awareness of childhood cancer and also to assist funding of essential supports and advocating for improved services.
The goal of the foundation is to improve the experience of those affected by childhood cancer during and after treatment, to assist funding research and to ultimately help find a cure.
“We know that many people are looking forward to next Monday’s event, but we know too that there are many people out there who would be more than willing to help. We’re making this appeal now to let people know they can get involved and they can help. If they’d like to do so they can contact Maura Toner on 087 6967857, Virginia Murray on 086 8275700 or send a message through the facebook page – www.facebook.com/lightitupgold,” Maura concluded.