Wednesday 21 August 2019

Charity dinner dance in honour of David

A CHARITY dinner dance is being arranged for next month in memory of the late Air Corps Cadet David Jevens from Glynn, who tragically lost his life when the PC-9 aircraft carrying him and instructor Captain Derek Furniss went down near Cornamona in Co. Galway whilst on a flight training mission.

David was nearing the end of his flight training course and military cadetship when he passed away and according to his Air Corps superiors, showed fantastic promise as a young pilot. To all who knew David, he extremely full of life and enjoyed a good party, and for that reason, David's family have decided to hold a charity fundraiser in his memory ' to honour and celebrate the person he was and the way that he lived'.

The David Jevens Memorial Dinner Dance will take place at the Riverbank House Hotel on Saturday August 11. Included in the evening's entertainment will be a champagne reception, a four course meal, spot prizes, a special performance from Irish music heavyweights The Walls and a DJ playing into the early hours. Tickets are priced at an extremely reasonable €40 with all funds raised on the night going to an extremely worthy cause - Cheshire Activation Motivation Programme or CAMP. CAMP was founded in 1998 when members of the Irish Air Corps met with the Director of the Cheshire Foundation to discuss ways in which the Air Corps could use their experience and skills in outward bound activities to provide those with physical and intellectual disabilities with a meaningful challenge. CAMP's main goal is to create an environment where fears are overcome through partaking in activities such as ab-sailing, canoeing, climbing and a host of other activities.

As someone who was fearless himself, it came as no surprise that David's family had chosen CAMP as their charity. David's sister Sarah said ' During David's Cadetship he volunteered with CAMP. We hear lots of stories from him after his time there and we are delighted to be fundraising for a charity that he played a role in and was a part of himself. He saw first-hand the amazing work that the lads there do and we believe he'd be whole heartedly behind our fundraising efforts and it seems fitting to his memory.'

The charity reflects the determination that David himself showed when, at a young age, he set himself the goal of becoming a pilot in the Air Corps.

'I suppose what's really striking about the place is the 'can do' attitude, something which David himself really had,' said Sarah.

'For example if someone is a wheelchair user, and that man woman or child wants to use a climbing wall or canoe, these guys make it happen. They truly are making people's ambitions and dreams come true and putting a smile on these people's faces. I suppose not many of us can say we've honestly done something like that!'

Not only are the family holding a wonderful evening's entertainment in David's memory, but some family are friends are going a step further...and stepping out of a plane! 'Our first fundraising event is taking place on Friday 10 August,' Sarah said.

' Thirty-three crazy friends and family members are going to jump out of a plane for a parachute jump. We'll all be wearing t-shirts with a picture of David and his big smile on them, and I'm sure he'll be looking down on us having a good laugh at us all doing it!'

Tickets for the David Jevens Memorial Dinner Dance in aid of CAMP are priced at €40 and are available from reception at the Riverbank House Hotel or by calling Sarah on (087) 7735453. Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to get yours right away.

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