THE Eventing Ireland Northern Region (NR) Fundraising Committee, RejuvenEIGHT, got its first event underway on Sunday with a Car Boot Sale held at Loughanmore, by kind permission of the Dennison family.
The fundraising is to assist Northern Region to construct new permanent feature fences at Tyrella, as well as building a number of new portable fences, which can be used at all the NR Events.
The Committee, headed by Vina Buller and comprising Maureen Brown, Debbie Byrne and Lawrence Patterson, pulled out all stops in the planning and preparation of this pre Xmas shopping opportunity.
In addition to the stall holders, there were several catering stations. Neville ‘McDonald’ Brown, in his traditional shorts, was in charge of the BBQ, where he served up lots of goodies including amazing burgers, which were very kindly provided by Carlisles Fresh Foods, Ballynahinch. Maureen Brown and a number of her associates had been busy baking all kinds of buns, tray bakes and mince pies, which were available to purchase from a stand manned by Mandy Blakely.
It was particularly pleasing to see that two of the young Pony Eventers, Tori Jewiss and Aimee Roscoe, had put their tender years behind them to plan and prepare for a crepe stall with all their takings going into the fund.
There were also ballots on sale with great prizes on offer. Fiona Fitzgibbon of the Irish Equine Rehabilitation and Fitness Centre donated discount vouchers to all attendees, as well as providing a voucher for the full use of the centre. This was won by Glenda McNeice.
The NR Committee is deeply indebted to the Dennison family for the use of their fabulous premises, which was certainly appreciated by all, given the wet, miserable day outside.
Thanks also go to the RejuvenEIGHT Committee for all their hard work in planning, preparing and tidying up after the sale.
Deep appreciation also goes to all the stall holders and those who attended as buyers – organisers hope you all got a bargain or two!
Watch out for further fundraising efforts over the coming months.