Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride 2019 presents proceeds

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CHEQUE PRESENTATION: Left, Joan Cunningham, organiser of Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride, presents a cheque for £3,000 to Pius Kumala of “I Am Family Ministries” Uganda to go towards their Bore Hole Fund. Also in the picture is Alastair McIlveen of North Down Marquees, the main sponsor of the event. (FW03-503NN)

PIUS Kumala, a young man from Uganda, was the special VIP guest at the 2019 Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride. Pius, who accompanied the “Real Santa” in his magnificent horse-drawn carriage to Saintfield town, has left everyone he came into contact with very emotional and longing to help him in every way possible.

Sadly, he lost both his parents to AIDS when he was only four and his little sister was two. They were both looked after by the community in his village until he took very ill. Rock Ministries took him to Kampala, where an operation saved his life. Rock Ministries N.I. Trust brought him to Saintfield in 2009 as a member of the Mawamba Choir. The children delighted everyone in Saintfield by singing and dancing on the Main Street and later in the marquee. They all rode in the late George Fawcett’s carriages – a wonderful experience that Pius would never forget. At that stage, he had only just turned 14. He then, with the help and sponsorship from I Am Family Ministries, went on to University and is now a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics.

Pius now works for I Am Family Ministries in Uganda and is the principal of I Am Academy School, with 300 orphaned and needy children in his home village. His passion and dream is to help change the lives of everyone in the village and community where he was brought up. He explained the first thing needed was clean, fresh water. A bore hole is vital…

The bore hole will cost £7,000. Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride intend to raise the funds for this project.

Barbara Ennis from Downpatrick has very kindly offered to organise a Coffee Morning in The Civic Centre, Downshire Estate, Downpatrick on Thursday, February 13 at 10.30am until 12 noon to raise funds for Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride Ugandan Bore Hole Funds. Everyone is welcome. Please come and support this very worthy cause.

The 2020 Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride will take place on Saturday, December 5. Bigger and better!

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