Integrated Education a winner at Down Royal races

A glorious spring afternoon’s racing was just one highlight of the Integrated Education Fund’s party at Down Royal Racecourse on St Patrick’s Day (17 March). Around a hundred high-profile guests were welcomed by IEF Campaign Chair Baroness May Blood to the special event which raised funds for our work developing and supporting integrated schools.

IEF Down Royal 04 The crowd enjoyed a superb dance display by Anna Caskey and Maeve Roche from the Ballynafeigh School of Irish Dancing and sharp and witty comedy thanks to Tim McGarry.

Commenting on the good cause behind the celebrations, May Blood said

“Integrated education left the starting gate more than thirty years ago and is seen as a good bet for our children’s future by a majority of parents in Northern Ireland. We have to keep nagging politicians and remind them that a pledge to develop a unified education system of good-quality schools, which all welcome and nurture young people of all backgrounds and traditions, would be a winner with the public in Northern Ireland.”

After guests were served a delicious lunch, UTV’s Pamela Ballantine arrived to share some tips for the races. IEF Down Royal 172 Angel Arnold struck lucky before the races began, as she won the ever popular “Higher or lower?” game.  The prize was a Christine Trueman screen-print generously donated by donated by Christine and Carrie Neely, who together run the “Art Loves” company.  Thanks are also due to the pair for decorating so beautifully the Moscow Flyer Suite at Down Royal especially for the occasion.