A TEXAS style barbecue, a trip to see Fungie the dolphin and a
sunny afternoon walk were just some of the activities surrounding the annual Hope
Guatemala fundraising weekend in Dingle.
The barbecue was held in the garden of O'Sullivan's Courthouse Bar on Saturday in excellent weather conditions while inside the pub musicians and singers, including local singing celebrity Pauline Scanlon, entertained the customers and supporters.
Twelve families from all parts of Ireland who have adopted children from Guatemala spent the weekend in the town in support of the charity and to share common experiences in the adoption process.
On Sunday morning the families
were given a free trip down the harbour to see the dolphin and later took part in the
walk/run/cycle to Ventry.
Up to 230 people of all ages assembled for the event on Upper Main Street where they were entertained by a percussion drum band before setting off on foot, bicycles and unicycles.
Eddie Dieckmann of the Hope charity was delighted with the support.
"This was the best walk we've ever held and probably the hottest day we've ever had. It was a real festival for the whole family. We all went to Paidi ÓSé's pub where we had food and great music and we raised €5,000 which will go to feed two meals a day to needy children in Guatemala," he said.
|This year's Hope Guatemala Charity Walk and Run from Dingle to Ventry, themed 'Children for Children', will be hosted on Sunday, April 17th. Local charity, Hope Guatemala, has decided to support a children's project in the region of Chimaltenango, which charity co-ordinator Eddy Dieckmann recently visited. This project, CERNE, was founded by Spanish nuns 21 years ago. It feeds up to 75 children (aged four to ten), two meals a day. Their parents work for landowners ('Fincas') and are paid very little. As a consequence, they cannot afford to feed their families. A doctor is also employed by the project to look after their medical needs of the children and those in nearby communities. According to Hope Guatemala, this project will run out of funds in four weeks time. It is the intention of Hope Guatemala to intervene and keep this project going. "We hope that as many local families and children will take part in this charity walk and fun run again this year and help support the children's project in Chimaltenango" said Eddy. Last year's walk helped raise enough money to send 42 children to school in Guatemala for a year. The 2011 Hope Guatemala Charity Walk and Run takes place on Sunday, April 17th beginning at 2pm at the Goat Street Café in Dingle. The 10km route finishes at Páidí Ó Sé's in Ventry. There, a family festival will be hosted with a tortilla party, raffle and live music. Sponsorship cards for event may be obtained at the Goat Street Café, Image & Design (John St.) and West Kerry Live (Green St.) in Dingle or at Ventry Post Office. You may also pay €10 on the day to participate. For more information please contact Eddy at +353 (0) 66 9159712.|
The children involved in the Cerne Project
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| Hope Guatemala's Walk & Run "Children
for Children" proved again to be more than just a fundraising event. A
day out and a festival for the whole community, 230 children, youth and families
took part in the walk to support this years cause. Many more made their way to
Paidi O'Se's Pub in Ventry to enjoy the "Tortilla Party" and
the music of the Dingle Carnival Band, joined by talented young guitar players.
Thanks to everybody who took part in the walk, volunteered, played
music, donated raffle prices or food and mineral water. €5.500 were raised! This
money was sent to the children's project CERNE in Guatemala, to feed 50 children
(aged 4 - 10) 2 meals a day in the coming months.
Hope to see you all again next year!|
Pia Janning, who travelled with Hope Guatemala, talked with the youth of Raxnam about the article "scholarship" in West Kerry Live
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|This years charity walk and run "children for children"
will be held on Sunday, 17th April.
Hope Guatemala has decided to support a children's project in the region of Chimaltenango which Pia and Eddy recently visited. The project, "CERNE" was set up by Spanish nuns 21 years ago. It's feeding up to 75 children, aged 4 - 10, two meals a day. Their parents work for big landowners ( fincas) and are badly paid. They can't afford to feed their children properly. There is also a doctor employed, who is looking after them and other children in nearby communities. The project is running out of funding in 4 weeks time.!
Hope Guatemala promised to help and to keep the project going. "We hope that as many families and children like last year will take part in the walk and run to support the children's project"