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Friday, 8 November 2013

Roddensvale

Well folks today was a very special day for Mary and I. This morning we attended the assembly in Roddensvale Special School in Larne and it was a truly wonderful experience. After being introduced by John Madden, the school Principal, we gave a presentation on our Camino walk. With the aid of an overhead screen we showed our journey, who we met along the way and what we saw. I must say that the photos of cows, sheep, eagles, storks, and lizards, were the ones that caused the most interest. The pupils and staff were the most enthusiastic assembly audience I have ever stood in front of. At the end of the presentation there was an opportunity for the pupils to ask questions and this was for us the most rewarding part. It was a morning Mary and I will never forget. Three things have made this Camino worthwhile, the generosity of people towards our charities, the knowledge that the medical and educational staff involved in these institutions will be able to do extra good with the money, and the wonderful people we met during our trip. As usual I will post photos on Facebook but unfortunately most of the photos we have cannot be used since they show children's faces but I hope you enjoy the ones posted.  Thank you all for making this such a great experience. You really have, with your generosity of money and kindness of spirit, rekindled our belief in humanity. Colin

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Presentation cheque to NI Children's Kidney Fund.

candmcamino: Well today was a day that brought all of our effor...: Well today was a day that brought all of our efforts together. Because of the generosity of so many people we were able to present a cheque ...

Presentation cheque to NI Children's Kidney Fund.

candmcamino: Well today was a day that brought all of our effor...: Well today was a day that brought all of our efforts together. Because of the generosity of so many people we were able to present a cheque ...
Well today was a day that brought all of our efforts together. Because of the generosity of so many people we were able to present a cheque to the Northern Ireland Children's Kidney Fund for £4250. We can never  thank you enough for the generosity you have shown to us, not just in monetary terms, but also in messages of good wishes that motivated us along our journey. The combined efforts from so many people will be rewarded in the wonderful work achieved by the nursing and medical staff who administer the fund. Since so many contributed  we could not thank you all personally but we feel that special mention should be given to the small core of family and friends who collected tirelessly on behalf of our designated charities. I will not mention our core support group by name since,with my memory, I'm bound to leave someone important out, but you know who you are and you will always be in our thoughts and prayers. On Friday we will be visiting Roddensvale Special School and making another presentation. These presentations are in many ways more physically, emotionally and mentally demanding than the walk and we all found today hard, each in our own way. Well Friday is another day and I'll post a blog telling you how we get on. Forgot to say but I posted photographs of today's presentation on Facebook. Call me stupid but I still cannot get photos on the blog. Thanks. Colin.