Lawnmower Funds: The total raised by the Lawnmower Run organised by the Donagh Development Association reached €6,200 thanks to the great work of sponsors and the generosity of those taking part. As in previous years part of the money raised is donated to charity and this year the recipient is the Gavin Glynn Foundation and members of the DDA, led by John Sherry, presented the cheque for €3,000 to Peter Matthews at a gathering at the Lake shore this week. Peter’s grandson had to avail of the services provided by the Gavin Glynn Foundation when he was having treatment in Germany and the Matthews and Balmer families spoke of the terrific assistance given by the Foundation and how important it was to remove the stress of having to make all the arrangements. Peter was delighted to accept the funding on their behalf and he told us that the numbers requiring the Foundation services has increased dramatically this year and it is terrific to know that this money will help another family or families to take their child to Germany to access this vital treatment. Regarding the Donagh Development we were told that work was in progress with the planning of future developments around the Lake but that maintaining the walkway at its best is their priority. Maintenance eats up a lot of funds and every euro donated helps greatly. However on the down side it was reported that not everyone is keeping the rules and abiding by the general instructions, which is sad that users cannot do as they are asked. One of the big problems is that not all dogs are being kept on the leash and the committee will have to look at ways of persuading people that dogs must be on the leash at all times. A number of complaints have come in from people who are genuinely afraid of dogs and become very stressed when they see a loose dog coming their way, irrespective of the size of the dog. Dog pooh has also appeared on the pathway showing that some are not cleaning after the dog. The dog situation will be monitored in the weeks ahead. The cheque was presented by Brigid McKenna and John Sherry representing the DDA and Victor Watterson representing the Emyvale and Truagh District Gun Club.
Lawnmower Funds: The total raised by the Lawnmower Run organised by the Donagh Development Association reached €6,200 thanks to the great work of sponsors and the generosity of those taking part. As in previous years part of the money raised is donated to charity and this year the recipient is the Gavin Glynn Foundation and members of the DDA, led by John Sherry, presented the cheque for €3,000 to Peter Matthews at a gathering at the Lake shore this week. Peter’s grandson had to avail of the services provided by the Gavin Glynn Foundation when he was having treatment in Germany and the Matthews and Balmer families spoke of the terrific assistance given by the Foundation and how important it was to remove the stress of having to make all the arrangements. Peter was delighted to accept the funding on their behalf and he told us that the numbers requiring the Foundation services has increased dramatically this year and it is terrific to know that this money will help another family or families to take their child to Germany to access this vital treatment. Regarding the Donagh Development we were told that work was in progress with the planning of future developments around the Lake but that maintaining the walkway at its best is their priority. Maintenance eats up a lot of funds and every euro donated helps greatly. However on the down side it was reported that not everyone is keeping the rules and abiding by the general instructions, which is sad that users cannot do as they are asked. One of the big problems is that not all dogs are being kept on the leash and the committee will have to look at ways of persuading people that dogs must be on the leash at all times. A number of complaints have come in from people who are genuinely afraid of dogs and become very stressed when they see a loose dog coming their way, irrespective of the size of the dog. Dog pooh has also appeared on the pathway showing that some are not cleaning after the dog. The dog situation will be monitored in the weeks ahead. The cheque was presented by Brigid McKenna and John Sherry representing the DDA and Victor Watterson representing the Emyvale and Truagh District Gun Club.