Barretstown families host ‘Avonmore big picnic’ in Kilkenny
Kilkenny families, the Delahunty’s and the Olsen’s, are hosting an ‘Avonmore Big Picnic’ to raise much needed funds for Barretstown and help families with children recovering from serious illness.
Running from 2pm until 5pm this Sunday August 22, in the Workhouse Square, MacDonagh Junction, the event will include face painters, circus performers, music, entertainment and lots of fun for all the family!
The Kilkenny ‘Avonmore Big Picnic for Barretstown’ is being organised by two local families, the Delahunty’s and the Olsen’s, who have attended Family Camps in Barretstown, the therapeutic camp for children with serious illnesses based in Kildare.
Ann Delahunty said ‘Barretstown is a truly inspirational place and I cannot express how much our visit helped not only my son James, but the whole family. The work they do there helps transform the lives of families that have suffered from serious childhood illnesses. We are encouraging everyone to come along to MacDonagh Junction at 2pm on Sunday August 22, bring a picnic and help send more families to this magical place. There will be live music and plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained with all money going to directly to Barretstown.”
The ‘Avonmore Big Picnic for Barretstown’ campaign aims to encourage everyone, whether it is individuals, families, schools or companies across the country to have a picnic this summer and raise much needed funds for Barretstown. In addition, Avonmore will match every €1 raised by consumers’ picnics in 2010. To host your own ‘Avonmore Big Picnic for Barretstown’ visit www.sendmorefamilies.com and sign up for your free Avonmore Big Picnic pack.
Avonmore CEO Colin Gordon said, “In 2008 Avonmore teamed up with Barretstown and committed to work with our customers to raise €2 million for Barretstown over three years. It is fantastic to see families such as the Delahunty’s and the Olsen’s getting behind the campaign and helping us to expand the Barretstown experience to significantly more families.”
MacDonagh Junction centre manager Donie Butler said, “we are delighted to host such a worthwhile event next Sunday and play a small part in helping Avonmore to promote such a wonderful cause at Workhouse Square.”