Simmental charity barbecue planned

SIMMENTAL BARBECUE RI Farm
Promoting ticket sales at the recent Armagh Show are Peter Gorman and Kenneth Stubbs. Picture: Julie Hazelton

THE NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has announced that its annual charity barbecue and auction will take place at Dungannon Rugby Club on Friday, August 10.

Tickets are priced at £20 each, and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Club chairman Conrad Fegan explained: ”Proceeds from this year’s barbecue will be donated to Air Ambulance Northern Ireland in memory of our highly esteemed club member Thelma Gorman who lost her life in a tragic farm accident last year.
Our charity barbecue is one of the highlights of the club’s annual calendar, and has been running for almost 25 years at the Dungannon venue.

“Thelma Gorman was one of the barbecue’s main organisers, and this year we plan to pull out all the stops to honour her memory and raise much-needed funds for the vital service provided by Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.”

Conrad continued: “We have been inundated with enquiries about tickets for the barbecue. I’d like to urge club members and friends to book early to avoid disappointment, as we expect a capacity crowd. Full payment is required at the time of booking, and tickets will not be reserved.”

Meanwhile, there is also a strong demand for tickets for the club’s charity raffle. First prize is the pedigree in-calf Simmental heifer Drumbulcan Honeybee, generously donated by Kenneth and Avril Stubbs and family from Irvinestown, County Fermanagh.

Other prizes include a 43” HD LED TV; one night B&B and use of the Spa at the Galgorm Resort near Ballymena; an SFS one tonne plastic portable meal bin; and a Millwood Crafts wooden farm set.

Tickets for the raffle are £5 each, or three for £10. The winning tickets will be drawn at the barbecue on August 10. Raffle tickets are available from Simmental Club committee members, and can also be purchased at a number of forthcoming agricultural shows.

Club chairman Conrad Fegan is co-ordinating ticket sales for the barbecue. He can be contacted on mobile 07932 839329.

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