FORMER Laurelhill student who is now a member of the local
business community has helped get the fund raising ball rolling
for a teacher at the school who will shortly take part in a
gruelling 540 kilometre charity cycle through South America's
Andes Mountains on behalf of Mencap.
Andrew Wilson of Keyhole Surgery Locksmiths
presented a cheque to Noel McKnight who hopes to raise �3,000
from a charity function in Newforge last Friday. He also
provided the prize of a home security consultation at the event.
Mr. Wilson said he was 'very happy' to
support the science teacher as he gets ready for the gruelling
"What he has taken on is going to be
difficult but he is dedicated enough to complete the challenge
I'm sure," the locksmith added.
Mr. McKnight's trip along the route between
Argentina and Chile which, he said, will be 'a completely new
experience' will begin on February 13.
He explained he began to cycle as a form of
rehabilitation after a knee injury and "got bitten by the bug.
"I cycle to school, when weather permits,
making me feel that I am doing my bit for the environment," he
Mr. McKnight has worked in Laurelhill's
Science Department for 15 years.
He has also coached all the school's football
teams and is no stranger to raising money for charity through
While working in London in the early 1990's
he raised a significant amount by taking part in the city's
Since returning to Northern Ireland he has
had fewer opportunities to fund raise but is hopeful of reaching
his target with the help of friends, colleagues, former students
and the local community. You can sponsor Noel by visiting his
online fundraising page on
www.justgiving.com/noelmcknight. You can pay by credit or
debit card, and the money will go directly to Mencap. Where
supporters are UK taxpayers, the charity will automatically
receive 28% extra in Gift Aid, which makes Justgiving the most
efficient way of sponsoring Noel.