20:30 until 01:00
Hello once again Fraternal Brothers and sisters, Friends and Followers.It is our humble privilege to once again host a Charity quiz night on Easter Sunday, 8th April 2012 for two year Chloe Coles.Chloe, from Maghera, Co.Derry has suffered from severe brain damage from… birth and requires round the clock care, was recently featured in the Irish News.
Her father Jonathan who has had to give up work to care for Chloe recently applied to the Family Fund in Northern Ireland for a new seat for Chloe.
The seat is a specialised piece of equipment to allow Chloe to live more comfortably day to day; it supports her body and limbs which unlike any other two year old Chloe cannot do on her own.
The Family Fund in Northern Ireland which gives grants to families of disabled children for essential items including washing machines, bedding and clothing and travel assistance for struggling parents to and from hospital whilst visiting their sick children, recently announced that it had run out of money. The family fund which is financed by the Northern Ireland department of Health was cut from £1.77million in 2010-2011 to £1.57million in 2011-2012.
What compounds this situation even more is that people living in England, Scotland and Wales will still continue to receive grants.
Strangford MLA, Kieran McCarthy who sits on the assembly health committee described the situation as “Scandalous”, whilst the Health minister Edwin Pootssaid the decision to cut funding was “regrettable”.That’s where we all CAN make a difference. In our grand motto of friendship, unity and Christian Charity we are appealing to you all to either come and support our event, make a donation (regardless of the size), collect sponsorship, or donate prizes for the raffle.
If you would like to host your own Charity quiz night for Chloe, please let us know.
We want to make this the most successful event we have held, and our greatest desire is to ensure that Chloe receives the seat she and her family so badly need,
The Worthy President, Management committee and Division Members
AOH Division 284