Foróige Youth Services in Tallaght and Blanchardstown are coming together to produce a Christmas single to raise funds for youth work in these areas. The single will be called “Calling You Home for Christmas” and has an emigration theme. We’re looking for singers and musicians to participate. The recording will take place at Finnstown House in Lucan, Co. Dublin on Sunday 10th November from 1.30pm. We’re asking young people, volunteers, staff and supporters to come along on the day and lend their voice or talent to the project. There will be auditions to sing a line of the song, just like Band Aid!
Over 50 young people aged 10 – 17 years are attending Coderdojo sessions and learning basic code and HTML 5 at the Quad Youth Centre in Roscommon, as part of a Techspace Programme operating in the centre. Twelve volunteers have stepped forward since mid-summer, attended Foróige volunteer training and have played a major part of the running of two Coder Dojo groups.
Kanturk Foroige Club are celebrating their 10th Birthday this year! To celebrate, they’ve decided to host a Gathering event. All past members and leaders of Kanturk Foróige Club are invited to The Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk, Co. Cork on September 27th from 7.30 - 9pm. Guest speakers on the night will include Joanne O'Riordan, Seán Gallagher, Aidan Walsh and Anthony Nash (Cork GAA All Stars) and Donnacha O'Callaghan of Munster Rugby. This part of the evening will be open to the public. Non-alcoholic fruit punch and finger food will be served.
The Foróige Ballyshannon/Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project hosted a Band Night Fundraiser on Thursday 22nd August in the Kickin' Donkey, Bundoran, Co. Donegal. The fundraiser was supported by three fantastic bands. Stonefree, Bangin' Yolks and Spinach participated on the night to raise funds for the local youth project.
Jana Hargrove is a Youth Work student from Melbourne, Australia. Over the course of the summer, she gained valuable skills volunteering with Foróige in the Ballyshannon/Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project in Co. Donegal as part of a student placement. Project Worker Caroline Cooke was her supervisor.
Stetsons and cowboy boots were out in full force on Friday 26th July as Westmeath ‘Friends of Foróige’ hosted a very memorable Barn Dance Fundraiser! The ‘Friends’ group are comprised of former Club members, former and present Club Leaders and supporters of Foróige. The night was a tremendous success with over 100 cowboys in attendance and approx €1,500 was raised.
A BBQ (with meat kindly sponsored by local butchers) and raffle (prizes included breaks in The Hudson Bay, the Bloomfield Hotel and the Radison, Athlone). Friends of Foróige volunteers Veronica Daly, Bernie McHugh, Noreen Dunlea, Sarah Boland, Rita Egan, Gary Nugent and Fiona Boland all deserve a massive Thank You for their time and commitment to Foróige.