The IEF’s fundraising manager, Brian Small, was delighted to be among the guests at Lagan College today (Monday 7 August) for the official opening of this year’s Camp Camilla.
Special guest at the ceremony was Olivia Nash MBE, actress and supporter of integrated education. She joined the camp founder, Camilla Ballard, to welcome the participants and their parents. The event was also attended by local MLA Clare Bailey, who was herself a pupil at Lagan College.
Run in conjunction with members of the Youth Division of the Dallas First Presbyterian Church in Texas, the US-style summer camp offers local young people the opportunity to try out new activities and develop skills in sports, arts, technology and cookery. The scheme, which runs all week to the 11 August, is open to pupils aged 10-14 from any school. There is also a dance masterclass running in the afternoons for young people from 11-16 years old.
All activities are led by experts in their field with appropriate qualifications. This is the third year of Camp Camilla, working to forge friendships and develop unity among young people of all backgrounds and traditions. The week’s camp concludes on Friday afternoon with a showcase of the many varied activities for all families and guests.
At the opening, Camilla Ballard acknowledged the role played by the IEF, telling the campers that the idea was first sparked when Brian Small met her at an informal briefing in Dallas in 2011 and told her about the work of the Integrated Education Fund.
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