What a week of festive carol singing and music at Meadowlane, and all in aid of a fantastic children’s charity, Northern Ireland Cancer Fund For Children.
All last week, from Monday 9th December through to Friday 13th December, several local schools took part in Meadowlane’s annual carol singing event.
This year the children were not only carol singing and bringing some festive spirit to the people of Magherafelt, but they were also collecting donations for NICFC while they sang.
Primary schools who participated in this event were : Gaelscoil an tSeanchai , Tobermore PS, St. Mary’s PS Bellaghy, Maghera PS, St. Mary’s PS Draperstown, Anahorish PS, Spires Integrated PS and Kilronan School.
There were also fantastic performances from Sperrin Integrated College, ‘Where the Music Happens’ and ‘Mid Ulster School of Music’.
A competition was launched to find the best carol-singing school and each of the winning schools won a donation from the Meadowlane Retailers towards their Music Departments.
This year the winners were: 1st Prize : Maghera Primary School. Runners Up : Kilronan School ,Spires Integrated Primary School.
This year, kids can also throw money into a magical Wishing Well located at the Christmas tree and make a Christmas wish with all proceeds going to Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.
Centre manager, Sarah O’Neill, explained that all proceeds from the Carol Singing event and the NICFC Wishing Well, which will run until Christmas Eve, go to Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.
She said: “We are delighted to be paired up with such a worthwhile charity again this year. Our Carol Singing event is very popular now with the children’s friends and families attending and donating generously and also the wishing well is a great way to raise funds for local children with cancer and their families.”
NICFC Community fundraiser, Matthew Allen said: “It is heartening to see kids helping other kids at Christmas. Cancer steals childhood, but as charity we try to rebuild it.
“This money will help us provide vital services such as one-to-one and ward support and will go towards the redevelopment of our Shimna Valley therapeutic respite centre.”