An Inishowen community group are in line to receive the biggest windfall of their lives, but first of all they need your help.
Inishowen Development Partnership, based in Buncrana and Carndonagh, could win up to 10,000 euro in a Coca-Cola “Thank You” fund, but online votes from members of the public are crucial for the Inishowen group to receive the vital money.
The only Donegal group still in with a shout with winning one of ten 10,000 euro prizes or five 5000 euro prize, the IDP were shortlisted out of 600 - just 45 community groups are left.
Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday, Mary McCallion, community links officer with the IDP said: “We are hoping, praying, crossing our fingers, everything, that we get the votes we need to win this. We welcome any opportunity to even apply for funding and help the community in any ways we can. We’re delighted we’re even in with a chance, and we’re just hoping the community and even people wider afield can support us by logging on and voting.
“Voting only counts for 50% of the actual overall result. There are judges who also have a say. So the more votes we get the better, it’s so important.”
If they win, Mary says they would develop and deliver a practical health and well-being programme targeting children ages 4 - 17 years and their families called KITE (Kids Interactive Training and Eating Programme).
“We’re trying to encourage them to watch less TV and become more physically active, people should realise the best kind of exercise is free. We want to develop the program we already have to include parents and to work with them and teach them better food and diet practices. There is no point in teaching the kids about this unless it is implemented at home first.”
Mary says childhood obesity has been a big motivation behind delivering the project.
“Children need to become more active, obesity is a huge thing with adolescents and young children and we want to work on that.”
The community worker added that this program is for young families and children and maintains they will be the ones to benefit the most if they are successful in their application.
“The IDP are always trying to enhance our programmes and for the people of Inishowen in general. With recent cut backs it hasn’t been easy but we don’t let that stand in our ways. We work closely with the HSE and the Donegal Sports Partnership so should we win the money we will be ready to get it off the ground almost immediately.
“We have done the research and we know what is needed as we have recognised the need for this for a long time now.”
Voting in the competition ends today and to show your support for this worthy cause, log on to www.cocacola.ie where you can see a list of all 45 groups how have been shortlisted and vote for the