DFCI v Donard

This Saturday come sun, rain or snow (you never know here in Northern Ireland, even in September) Sally, Owain and myself are joining together with other friends (and a couple of dogs) to take part in the Slieve Donard DFCI Team Challenge. We'll be walking up (and hopefully down) the highest mountain in Northern Ireland to raise money for Dundonald Family and Community Initiative, the social outreach programme associated with Dundonald Methodist Church. OK, I know, its hardly Everest... but I'm hardly Chris Bonnington!
This is by way of celebrating the 10th anniversary of the programmes that grew into DFCI. The previous night we'll be meeting for the AGM (a few months later than planned, but don't get me started on auditors who don't know their job!), and hearing about the work that DFCI has been doing, seeking to support children and their families in the surrounding Ballybeen estate, offering a safe and welcoming space where children and adults alike can make friends, learn new skills and have fun together (as well as consume collossal amounts of toast).
But all of this costs money, and with shrinking public and peace funding, and charitable trusts facing the double bind of greater demands and poorer dividends from financial investments, DFCI, and other small community groups, need to increase their general donor base, both through special events like this, as well as on-going low level giving. If you are willing to support DFCI in either way, we... and the people we seek to serve, would be very grateful...
With your support, we can continue to play our part in building a stronger, healthier community. Thanks!
So please if youhaven't already given to Sally, Owain or one of the other team membersm please consider giving via the Just Giving site below and make our blisters and aching limbs worthwhile...

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.


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