Ugandan orphans who
visited Saintfield last year with Joan Cunningham
who organised a charity pleasure ride, lunch and
auction which raised '5,000 for the children's
health and educational needs. Also included are Ian
and Phyllis Hasson from Rock Ministries (NJ.) Trust.
UGANDAN orphans are to benefit from the proceeds
of Saintfield Show's star studded Ball being held at the Ramada
Hotel, Shaw's Bridge, on Friday September 26. Some 450 people
are expected to attend, raising funds for Saintfield Show
following a horrendous wet day and also supporting the project
for the orphans funded by Rock Ministries (N.J.) Trust.
In November last year 16 Ugandan orphans visited
the province as the Mwamba Choir and Joan Cunningham from
Saintfield hosted a charity pleasure ride, lunch and auction for
the children, raising '5,000 for their health and educational
needs. The children absolutely stole the hearts of all who met
them and according to Phyllis Hasson of Rock Ministries (N.I.)
Trust, the money raised from this year's event will be used to
create a bore hole to provide fresh drinking water.
Many faces from showjumping, hunting, eventing,
racing and showing will be out in force and with the
Point-to-Point season commencing the following weekend at Newry,
Margie McLoone from Irish Field who will be attending as a
special guest, is going to judge the best turned out racehorse
trainer or jockey - so boys get well scrubbed up.
And not forgetting the ladies.. there will be a
special prize for the best turned out filly trainer/jockey and
it will be fun to see who gets passed the winning post without a
Guest of honour Ann Smurfitt from the famous
K-Club who hosted the Rider Cup and is no stranger to Saintfield
as she judged the Celebrity Challenge at Saintfield Show this
year and also attended the Show Ball last year. She will be
accompanied by RTE's Brendan McArdle who is also Manager of
Karen Patterson from BBC will also be attending
along with Richard Lyttle the former Navan Racecourse Manager.
Following the meal there will be an auction with
items already received from Down Royal Race Course - 4 VIP
packages for the Down Racing Festival in November; Roger
Cunningham's One Stop Mortgage in Bow Street Mall/Longstone
Street, Lisburn and Cornmarket, Belfast; Style Antiques,
Saintfield, Norman McBriar, Saintfield amongst others.
Well known showband Patrice, Gloria and Band will
provide the music into the wee small hours.
A few tickets at '40 each are still available for
the black tie event from Joan Cunningham on 07775860744; Suzy Kinley on 07740095787 and Viola McBriar on 02897 511274.