Two charities one production

Eamon Melaugh, Action with Effect accepting a cheque for �140 from Laura Duddy and presenting her with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet for use by Foyle Down Syndrome Trust. Included are Laura's parents Billy Duddy on left and Noeleen Duddy, far right. DER4214MC009
Eamon Melaugh, Action with Effect accepting a cheque for �140 from Laura Duddy and presenting her with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet for use by Foyle Down Syndrome Trust. Included are Laura's parents Billy Duddy on left and Noeleen Duddy, far right. DER4214MC009

Eamon Melaugh, Action with Effect accepting a cheque for £140 from Laura Duddy and presenting her with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet for use by Foyle Down Syndrome Trust. Included are Laura’s parents Billy Duddy on left and Noeleen Duddy, far right. DER4214MC009

On Tuesday a cheque was presented to Eamon Melaugh from Action With Effect, and a Samsung Galaxy tablet presented to Laura Duddy on behalf of Foyle Down Syndrome Trust. The production of short sketches were performed in the Waterside Theatre in February.

‘My Family and Friends’ highlighted important events in Irene Melaugh’s private family life in a comical and heart warming fashion.

It was through Foyle Down Syndrome trust that local girl Laura Duddy, 25 came to star in the sketch ‘Backstagers.’Laura is a volunteer with Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, North West Youth Forum, swimming club and is a very keen Derry City fan. She goes to all the matches with her Dad Billy, and they are really looking forward to the cup final.

‘I could fill a book with everything that Laura’s doing!’ her Dad laughs.

‘The best part of taking part was raising money for two good causes, and all my friends coming to see it.’ Laura said.

A Samsung Galaxy tablet was bought with the proceeds for use by Foyle Down Syndrome Trust. A further £140 was donated from the proceeds to another valued, local charity Action With Effect.

Action With Effect is a Derry based third world charity that works in India with street children, orphans and lepers.

Speaking from the Action With Effect charity shop in Bishop Street, Eamon Melaugh said: “Every penny we receive goes to the relief of destitution. For £1 we can buy at least four breakfasts for homeless street children on the streets of India. We feed the inhabitants of about five leper colonies everyday and our orphanages in India, that’s where out money goes. It goes to feeding the hungry and educating a small number of children.’