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Saturday 22 November 2014

BBQ raised €1,195 for blind

Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00

Barbecue Night in aid of the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) was held in Wexford's Gaynors pub and raised €1,195 for the charity.

Over 100 revellers bought tickets for the barbecue, with Johnny Gaynor as chef for the night. Town Mayor, George Lawlor, kindly printed 200 tickets and 50 posters in his company 'Impressions' to flag the event.

Burgers for the barbecue were generously provided by the Pettitts Supermarket at St Aidans while fresh chicken was donated by Scallans Wholesalers in Clonard.

The Fun Auction saw plenty of bidding for items gifted by local NCBI supporters with Eddie Millburn as MC. Local Photographer Padraig Grant donated one of his sought-after images, and artist Catherine Ryan gifted a painting.

Raffle prizes were also generously donated including two large hampers and wine from Country Coaches in Ballymitty, while NCBI volunteer, Barbara Murphy, and Dagmar Byrtus both donated their handmade jewellery.

Music was provided throughout the evening by local band 'Never Pet a Porcupine on the Head'.

NCBI's Local Shop Manager, Natasha Harpur, and Anne Redmond and all the staff at the South Main Street charity store organised the event to raise funds for the local NCBI Support Centre.

Lochlann House on Cinema Lane is NCBI's support centre where people at different stages of blindness across the county come to learn skills and safety techniques to help them adapt and cope in a life withfailing or no sight.

The centre holds Braille book clubs, Day trips and dance classes for the visually challenged.

Wexford People

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