Include Youth were thrilled to mark the end of the first successful year and kick start the second year of their charity partnership with Ulster Rugby, with a fantastic Family Fun Day held at Kingspan Stadium.
The annual event organised by Ulster Rugby was a huge success, with almost 4,000 members of the public attending. It was a great day out with plenty to keep young supporters amused with inflatables, a petting farm, creepy crawlies, a Go Kart track, a climbing wall, archery, fairground games, entertainment from Q Radio, a rugby skills session with the players and the chance to win a signed Ulster Rugby jersey.
Both organisations have had an exciting first year together and are very much looking forward to what the next year has in store.
Paddy Mooney, Director of Include Youth, said, “The staff, players and supporters of Ulster Rugby have been unfaltering in their support and generosity towards Include Youth. The turnout at the Family Fun Day was incredible and the response to last years ‘Christmas Present Appeal’ was overwhelming. We are really looking forward to the present appeal again this year, along with lots more!”
In addition to the fundraising, Ulster Rugby has facilitated a number of work place tours, hosted by themselves and their sponsors, for the young people involved in Include Youth, as well as taking park in a week-long campaign for ‘National Care Day’ back in February.
Graffin Parke, President of Ulster Rugby, added, “It is fantastic for the staff and players to get the chance to spend time with the young people. Our fans are always very supportive of our chosen charity and we are delighted to have raised over £10,000 to date for Include Youth.”
Commenting on the Family Fun Day, Ulster star Louis Ludik said, “It was brilliant to get the chance to meet so many fans. We’ve got a fantastic supporter base and it’s awesome to be able to put on an event like this which brings the community together and also raises funds for such a worthy cause.”
Include Youth is a regional rights-based charity for young people in or leaving care, from disadvantaged communities or whose rights are not being met, to improve their employability and personal development. If you would like to find out more about the work of Include Youth check out www.includeyouth.org or follow @IncludeYouth on Twitter.