Student fundraiser for Buddy Bear School

Katie, Niamh, Elanlea and Principal Ms Veres with Buddy Bear at the school for children with cerebral palsy.

Katie, Niamh, Elanlea and Principal Ms Veres with Buddy Bear at the school for children with cerebral palsy.

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A BALLINDERRY student is organising a series of fundraising events for the Buddy Bear Trust after seeing at first hand how it benefits children.

Niamh O’Hare and fellow South West College student Elanlea Menary from Ballygawley are both studying childcare and recently visited the school in Dungannon to meet the children and to see the incredible progress made.

“I was really impressed with the dedication of the parents to their children,” Niamh told the MAIL. “They drive them long distances every day so that the child can attend the school where they are taught life skills such as toilet training, eating and communicating.”

Niamh said she was saddened to see a display of young children who are only allowed to come to the school on a part time basis.

“These children should be coming everyday as I know that early intervention will make a great difference,” she said.

To help raise funds, Niamh and Elanlea are organising a charity dance on February 8 in the White River Hotel in Toome.

The students also require a number of hairy men, willing to have their legs or chest waxed by a beautician (painkillers provided!)

The theme is Dance The Night Away and if anyone wants to contact Niamh they can ring 07856151488.