Santas get set for Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride 2020

Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride BR Farm
STREAM: Right, This is where the people fetched their water before the borehole was drilled. (FW46-523NN)

THE 2020 Saintfield Christmas Charity Santa Ride will take place on Saturday, December 5. This year, the ride will be going back to its original venue at Andrews Yard, 50 Lisburn Road, Saintfield. The Santas will meet again, as usual, at 11.00am for a Mulled Wine and Mince Pie Reception. The ride is scheduled to leave the yard at 12 noon and will also follow the original route from nine years ago. Leaving the yard, turning right and turning right again at the roundabout heading for Ballynahinch, turn left into the Drumnaconnel Road and left again into the Plantation Road. At the end, turn left again into the Listooder Road, heading towards Saintfield and turn right into the Old Grand Jury Road and left onto main Crossgar to Saintfield Road and finally left into Saintfield Main Street at the traffic lights and back to the yard.

This year, due to Covid 19 guidelines, organisers have been asked to take entries online to restrict the amount of money being handled on the day and to keep a record of entries, so they are asking participants to be kind enough to make their entries online if possible by Friday, December 4, via the link on the website: ww.saintfieldhorseshow/christmascharityride.com

ARRIVING IN STYLE: Santa arriving in Saintfield in style, followed by his band of helpers at the Saintfield Christmas Charity Santa Ride. (FW46-522NN)

Ride organiser, Joan Cunningham wishes to thank her brother Gordon Andrews for the use of his premises and also thank Prime Shine Car Wash and Valeting Services for very kindly closing their business for the day to facilitate the Christmas Charity Ride.

As most people will remember, last year the ride was raising the money for a Bore Hole in Pius Kulama’s village in Uganda, to provide the people with fresh clean water, as the children previously had to walk a very long distance to fetch water from a stream, which was dirty and shared with cows and other animals.

The Bore Hole has now been completed and this year fundraising moves on to the next phase of this Ugandan project.

Now that the community have fresh water, Pius Kulama’s dream is to purchase land and provide a maize milling factory, where the local people, who are mostly farmers, can bring their crops and have them processed into flour. At present, a middle man comes and buys the crops from them for very little money, which leaves them short of funds to buy flour to feed their children. The factory will provide employment to the local people and supply food to other communities.

Organisers at Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride appeal for your support to make Pius’s dream a reality.

The cost of the ride will be £20 for adults and £10 for children.

PLAQUE: This plaque has now been placed in Pius’s Village in Uganda. (FW46-521NN)

For further enquiries, contact Joan Cunningham 07775 860744 or email: joancunningham1@gmail.com

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