Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The youngsters visited an open farm on their latest trip as part of the MAD Club’s Summer Programme.

THE children of the Ballybeg Community Youth Education Project MAD Club enjoyed the most recent event of their summer programme last week with 17 youngsters travelling to Cavan for a week of activities.

Programme Coordinator Lindsay Cleary told the Waterford News & Star that the group were jaded having arrived back in Waterford on Friday, but made memories with friends they will happily look back on for years to come.

“We head up on the bus on Monday and the first day we spent horse riding, with the instructors impressed that it was some of their first lessons. They also found out information on horse grooming and how to manage them which was good. Another day we went canoeing, which is one of their favourite activities, on Lough Oughter before a barbecue and then the last day we went to an open farm where they were able to get themselves dirty in a bog. At night time we relaxed.”

The youngsters had already enjoyed a trip to Tayto Park as part of the summer programme and a hike up Mahon Falls will follow in the coming weeks, with Lindsay joking that they are always delighted with their activities “even if they complain at the beginning, which they always do”.

“It’s their reward for the work they put in throughout the year. We’re an education project and we try to allow them to get the most out of education. If they need a space to study, help with their subject choices or advice on career paths we try to give it to them.”

Lindsay added that funding remains a challenge and that she hopes sponsorships may help them provide more tuition in core and STEM subjects to the children. If you would like to contact her in regarding this, call 085 8771721.

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