Friends of the Integrated Education Fund gathered at Down Royal Racecourse on May 06 to enjoy lunch, entertainment, good company and the odd flutter on the horses – and to raise money for the Fund’s work supporting integrated schools around NI.
Guests arrived in the spring sunshine and were welcomed to the Moscow Flyer Suite by IEF Campaign Chair Baroness May Blood, who outlined the Fund’s progress and future plans highlighting the Integrate My School programme which informs parents how to initiate the change to integrated status for their child’s school. She said
“The IEF has backed integrated education for over 25 years and there is more to come. Parents are recognising that they can set out a better future for the next generation and demand is growing consistently. Unfortunately we do have to keep nagging our politicians and reminding them that integrated education is a core commitment of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement. Integrated schools welcome and nurture young people from all backgrounds and traditions – it’s a safe bet and a sure winner for Northern Ireland.”
After a cocktail reception, guests were served a delicious lunch before UTV’s Pamela Ballantyne arrived to share some tips for the races.
Thanks go to Neil Shawcross for donating a stunning painting for auction, to Terry Cross for supplying wine, to all those who generously gave ballot prizes and to the ever-sharp Tim McGarry who supplied edgy and satirical comedy to entertain the crowd. The Fund is grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of the day.
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