Community notes for Derry

Here are our community notes for this week...

Wednesday, 19th October 2016, 9:10 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 8:59 pm
Danielle Coyle from Fujitsu with Rhonda Murphy and Annette Keenan from the Waterside Action for Children Branch, Derry. Staff from Fujitsu helped raise £8,000 for the charity during a recent 5k at Timber Quay in Derry.

Action cancer fundraising

Local donation

A team of volunteers from leading Japanese ICT company Fujitsu donned their runners and took to the park to raise much needed funds for leading children’s charity Action for Children.

As part of a UK wide challenge the Fujitsu ‘5K My Way’ Challenge saw staff from the company’s Belfast and Derry offices join over 700 colleagues from across the country to walk or run a 5 or 10 kilometre route around Derry’s historic Timber Quay and Belfast’s Victoria Park. The fundraising initiative raised over £8,000 in Northern Ireland for the company’s official charity partner.

Spirit of community awards

Call for students

Students from Derry who volunteer in their local community are being encouraged to apply for the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards before the deadline of Friday October 21 (today) at The only youth initiative of its kind which recognises post-primary students for outstanding acts of volunteerism, The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards has been rewarding the work of inspiring young people across the island of Ireland for 11 years. In that time, Pramerica has rewarded over 200 young volunteers to highlight the considerable impact they make in their local communities. Two overall winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in March 2017. These All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year will be awarded €1,000 each for their chosen charity and a trip to Washington, D.C. for the annual international Prudential Spirit of Community Awards celebration. The 20 finalists will all be awarded €500 for their charities at the ceremony.

Art exhibition

Garden of Reflection

On Tuesday coming, October 25, Catherine Canning will launch her third solo art exhibition at the

Garden of Reflection at 7:00pm 10-14 Bishop Street in Derry. This exhibition will feature both her landscape

paintings and her abstract paintings. Catherine has exhibited her work at The Void Gallery, London Street Gallery and the Shipquay Gallery of Fine Art. She was runner-up in the Ulster Artist of the Year Award in 2009. In 2014 her book, “Inch Days,” a compilation of her landscape paintings and her poetry, was published

by Guildhall Press and will be available for sale at the launch. Everyone is welcome to attend this opening evening and light refreshments will be served.

Big breakfast

British Heart Foundation

The Limavady Branch of the British Heart Foundation will be holding a Big Breakfast, at the Market Yard, Market Street, Limavady, on Friday October 28 from 8am until 9.30am.

Haunted harvest market

Tricks and treats

The Walled City Market will have a spooktacular twist this Halloween. Dust off your broomsticks and make your way to the Haunted Harvest Market will runs at Guildhall Square and Waterloo Place from Friday 28th – Monday 31st October. The market will include a bewitching range of food and crafts from local producers and suppliers. The Haunted harvest Market will run from 12noon to 8:30pm on Friday 28th – Sunday 20th and from 12noon – 10pm on Monday 31st. With more treats than tricks in store, you can enjoy live music, DJs, street performances, screaming selfies and out of this world delights and frights! If you feel like getting your fangs stuck into something, then a visit to Hell’s Kitchen is a must, with street food from local vendors.

Give blood


A give blood session will take place at Clooney Hall Centre , Waterside on 28 October Session Times: 1330 to 1600 & 1715 to 2000.

Evening of song


An Evening of Song & Story in the Playhouse on Friday 21st October at 7.30 pm featuring Aussie Bryson, Eamon Friel, Fergus Cleary, Paddy McCartney, Cathal McCann, Maureen Hegarty and others. In aid of HCPT-The Pilgrimage Trust.

Coffee morning


BT One hair and beauty are having a coffee morning on Saturday, October 22nd to raise money for charities POCA (Parents of Older Children with Autism) and Fairness-IN-Fertility. There will be hampers raffled for a £1 a ticket and all donations are welcome.

Music and reflection

St Eugene’s Cathedral

An evening of Music and Reflection will be held at St Eugene’s Cathedral, on Friday 18 November, at 8pm with a retiring collection in aid of the suffering people of Aleppo, Syria. The celebrant will be Fr Paul Farren with music by St Eugene’s Cathedral Choir.