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Ballintubber to host fun fundraisder during festive period

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BLOCK BY BLOCK  Eabha Hynes, aged 10, and Rosa McConnell, aged 8, practising for the upcoming inaugural Lego build competition, which takes place on Wednesday next, December 27 from 2pm to 4pm.  Pic: Keith Heneghan

Cory Kilbane

AN  innovative Christmas Lego competition in aid of Ballintubber Community Playground will take place in Ballintubber on Wednesday, December 27, from 2pm to 4pm.
The theme of this special event is ‘Build your dream playground’ and the competition is open to all children under the age of 12.
The fun event is being organised by the Ballintubber Community Playground group who are determined to build a much needed playground for the rural hinterland.
“We’re encouraging kids to be as creative as they want when it comes to the playground. We want to see every type we can, from superhero playgrounds to fairytale playgrounds, we just want the kids to use their imagination,” said Ballintubber Community Playground committee member Siobhan Feeney.
Special guest judges will include former Mayo GAA star Alan Dillon. Alan will be accompanied and assisted by a host of other local judges on the day.
A number of tickets have been sold already for the event through Facebook and various other outlets. Tickets are currently available in Corrigan’s Coscutter in Ballintubber and they can also be purchased from committee members.

Commuity playground
“This is something that has been in the pipeline for 10 years. In the past they didn’t receive the funding they needed and this year a site became available through the school and a core group of parents came together and spoke of the need for a playground and a committee was formed,” she explained.
“We have had huge support within the community which is great for us. We have raised over €5,000 since September and we’re hoping that the new year is going to bring good news in terms of funding for the project,” she said.
Ballintubber community playground committee’s ambitious plan aims not just to provide an amenity but to also tackle serious issues such as childhood obesity.
“Basically we are hoping, with obesity levels rising in the country and statistics showing that, we hope by having a facility like this, it will facilitate all children in the community whether they are involved in sport or not.
“It’s important that they have a facility there to come and play and be active and meet their friends,” she added.
Places are limited for the ‘Build your dream Playground’ event and early booking is advisable with links available on the Ballintubber Community Playground Facebook page. The cost of online entry is €10 per child.

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