Major Cuisle Charity Ball, Angel Campaign launched

The 10 th anniversary Cuisle Charity Ball was launched at an event in Cuisle on Friday night  last, November 2 nd . The ball will be held in the Abbey Hotel on November 17th 2007. A large crowd attended and several guests of honour added to an enjoyable night. Maurina Brennan, Service coordinator welcomed everyone and went on to outline the main objectives of the Charity Ball. The main focus is to spread the word that Cuisle is a special facility that provides holidays to people with disabilities. It has a huge role in allowing disabled people enjoy a holiday, giving themselves and their carers, often family members, a break. Maurina also outlined the fact that it takes considerable resources to run the centre and that it was hoped the Charity Ball would raise funds to further enhance facilities within the centre.   Roscommon GAA have used the centre throughout the year and special guest Brendan Cregg, member of the County Board, said he was ‘delighted to bring underage teams to Donamon for training sessions, a place where young people experienced a positive atmosphere that helped to create well-rounded, mature people.’ He called on everyone to support the centre and find help to continue the development of the centre, then he went on to add that in his capacity as a primary school teacher he had brought a lot of children to a 5-a-side soccer competitions held throughout the year. ‘It is a huge benefit for young kids to meet people with disabilities and they can learn for themselves that a wheelchair doesn’t make you different, we’re all made from the same stuff.’ Eamon Carney, a regular visitor to the centre from Sligo, said that as he had a major involvement in the GAA all his life he was delighted to see how the centre was being used by so many sporting organisations. He thanked the staff for their roles in allowing him take a holiday without the worries involved with going to traditional holiday destinations. David McConn, Manager of the Roscommon Senior Hurling team who this year won the Nicky Rackard Cup said ‘hurling was part of the fabric of the local community in the same way that Cuisle is’. ‘Cuisle have grown a wonderful resource in our community and on behalf of the hurling and indeed all other volunteer groups I acknowledge that great achievement. The facilities for young and old including the disabled and its sporting groups are second to none and cover whatever themed holiday or leisure activity is required’. He continued to tell those present of the work put in during the year to achieve the successes on the national stage and said that like the success of the Cuisle Centre, it is required a dedicated team effort and a focus on realising the potential of every situation. The Charity Ball itself promises to be a great night. Along with the guarantee of a lavish meal and top quality entertainment from top band Wavelenght, one of the highlights is sure to be the charity auction. There are two cars to be auctioned, a Toyota Auris, donated by Dermot Hughes and a 1969 vintage Volkswagen beetle convertible donated by Tom Considine, a developer from Galway. This will surely appeal to those interested in the vintage association or would make a one in a life time birthday present for someone born in that year. On the night there is going to be a special draw and someone is going to be better off to the tune of €10,000. Tickets are on sale now and everybody’s support is greatly appreciated. Finally, in conjunction with the festivities last Friday night, Westmeath Rose Marisa Murray and Roscommon Rose Yvonne Devine formally launched the Irish Wheelchair Association annual Angel campaign. The angels will be available in shops throughout the region and again all support is welcome.