The 14th annual Carnlough Charity Carnival organised by Antrim Coast Lions Club will get underway tomorrow
(Friday, July 25).
Last year’s carnival raised £21,436 bringing the overall total since 2001 to £333,305.
Charities assisted include Ulster Cancer Foundation; Action Cancer; Cancer Research; Macmillan Nurses; Marie Curie; Meningitis Research; Trocaire; Northern Ireland Hospice; RNLI; Motor Neurone and local groups.
More than 50,000 people have taken part in the carnival during the past 13 years, watched by approximately 180,000 spectators.
This year, the Lions will be running a “Pennies From Heaven” collection in aid of Meningitis Research, with a piggy bank outside the butcher’s shop in the village, or at the carnival office at Harbour House which is open from 10.00 am until 11.00 am and from 4.00 pm until 6.00 pm.
Among the charities to benefit from this year’s event will be Cancer Care Unit Antrim Hospital and CACTI (Comfort and Care for the Terminally Ill) Carnlough and the Cancer Care Unit at Antrim Hospital; Cancer Focus NI and Chest Heart and Stroke.
The Lions organisation is also seeking support for its measles initiative.
Three hundred and 35 children die each day from the disease. For less that one dollar, a child can be vaccinated against measles.
Antrim Coast Lions says that the secret of the carnival’s success is “teamwork, dedication and hard work” from 25 club members and approximately 30 volunteers .
The group says that the “commitment and cooperation of the 20 other local groups involved and the financial support of local businesses is also essential.”
The programme has kids’ events every morning and afternoon, family events in the early evenings and adult events at night; embracing a wide range of interests.
The carnival closes on the second Saturday (August 3) with a fantastic fireworks display, open air dance and barcue.
The fun will start with a fancy dress and float parade on Friday evening, from Beachlands park, at 7.00 pm, led by Chidambaram Ladies’ Samba Band creating a carnival atmosphere
This will be followed by an open air disco in the harbour carpark, at 8.00 pm.
On Saturday, the harbour carpark will be the venue for a kids’ fun day, from noon, with a bouncy castle, stalls and face painting. There will be a food fest in the village from 2.00 pm where visitors can browse the numerous stalls.
Lending to the atmosphere will be an on-street busking competition.
“Laser tag” will be available at Carnlough Harbour at 4.00 pm with more traditional activities, a selection of vintage games such as horseshow pitching, welly boot throwing and sheaf tossing and pony rides taking place,from 7.00 pm until 9.00 pm, at Glenlough Community Centre Green. See page 22