10,000 reasons to smile for the IDP

An Inishowen based community group is over the moon and looking forward to the future after receiving a life changing 10,000 euro in a national competition last week.

With the help of the Coca-Cola Thank You fund, Inishowen Community Development Partnership along with nine other community groups across the country have been awarded 10,000 to celebrate 125 years of the popular soft drink.

With the help of the money, the IDP, based in Carndonagh and Buncrana will now be able to run their new KITE project, which promotes healthy eating and exercise for young people and their families.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday development officer Mary McCallion said everyone is “so delighted” with the win.

“Finally all the hard work has paid off. We were the only group there from Donegal and we were at the ceremony in Dublin with many of the big players, such as The Laura Lynn Foundation’s Sunshine Children’s Hospice, Focus Ireland, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Cancer Support Sligo, Console and Autism NI, in the community group sector, but we came out with a top prize.

“We want to sincerely thank everyone in the county for getting behind us, supporting us and voting for us.”

Mary believes the strong ethos for community development in Inishowen is part of the reason why they won the top prize.

“We had great support and also we were the only group who were mentioned for the amount of work and promotion. It was nice for us in the partnership to be recognised for the work we do and the courses and projects we put out.

“This ten thousand euro will be a big relief for us. It takes the pressure off for a while and gives us the security that we can produce a healthy lifestyle programme for people and families in Inishowen.”

However more than anything the group wish to thank members of the general public for their support over the past number of months.

“We never found out the exact number of votes we received but the organisers did point out that we amazingly well. So well done to everyone out there who back us home and abroad. This helps puts Inishowen on the map.”