Annual Agri-Event Raises Money for Cara’s Dream to Walk
On Sunday 29th June the launch of the 2014 Sligo County Agricultural Show, to be held on Saturday 19th July in Riverstown Community Park, took place at the Teach Ceoil in Riverstown. Each year remaining funds left over from the previous year’s Show is donated to a worthy cause and this year the Chairman Michael Harte and the Committee chose to support local girl Cara Tighe and her dream to walk.
Cara, who is 7 years old and has cerebral palsy, and her family attended the launch to join in the celebrations of the upcoming Show. Imelda Ryan-Jones, a volunteer with the Show since 2011, shared Cara’s story of her dream to walk via a visual presentation including a selection of photos and videos that Imelda had compiled over the time she has been working, in her professional capacity as Green-Schools Education Officer, with Cara’s school on the Green-Schools Travel theme.
"It is extremely fitting that the Committee have elected to donate money to Cara’s fundraising campaign on the 20th Anniversary since the County Show was rescued by Paddy Kenny and his team of volunteers in 1994" said Imelda "Paddy was a neighbour of Cara’s family and great at inspiring others, and Cara’s determination to learn to walk all by herself is certainly inspirational. Coincidentally it is also the 20th anniversary of Green-Schools, which started with a handful of European countries in 1994."
Twenty years ago Paddy Kenny, who lived in Riverstown, had the vision to ensure the survival of the County Show when he and the local Creamery Committee worked hard to keep the gates open to enable the residents of County Sligo to continue to enjoy and support this worthwhile annual event. Prior to the move the County Show had been held in the Showgrounds in Sligo Town since 1908. In fact it was the County Show that gave the Showgrounds its name that is still in use today.
The voluntary Committee of the County Show continues to work hard all year round to ensure the event is a family friendly fun filled occasion. Anne Lyons and her team of bakers had a lovely selection of tasty treats on the night of the launch, a taste of what is to come for the 19th July.
Gerard Mullaney officially launched the Show and he encouraged supporters in attendance to inspire their friends and family to attend on the Day, as the more people who come out to enjoy the Show the more successful the Show will be.
The Committee and crowd in attendance were delighted to learn more about Cara’s Dream to Walk on the night of the launch. "I was quite emotional hearing Cara’s Story" said Chairman Michael Harte "and although we donated €300 to her campaign I wish we could have given more."
Cara’s Dad Damian thanked everyone in the community for their continued support of helping Cara to fulfill her dream. "The money raised goes solely towards the weekly physiotherapy costs in Limerick" said Damian "every € helps and we are extremely grateful to the Sligo County Agricultural Show for their donation."
The Show Committee now look forward to welcoming visitors to Riverstown for the annual event on Saturday 19th July, 2014.
Photo:Imelda Ryan-Jones from the Sligo county Agricultural Show committee, presenting a Worthy Cause donation to little Cara Tighe for her Dream to Walk campaign, seen here with her mum and dad Majella and Damien along with committee members Michael Harte - Chairman, JP Higgins, Geraldine Coleman, John Lyons and John Cawley. Photo: Peter Mc Parland