Busy year for Ballywalter YFC with 90th anniversary

Ballywalter YFC have had a busy year celebrating their 90th anniversary amongst other events and achievement.

Members of Ballywalter YFC
Members of Ballywalter YFC

They kicked off the year with a fundraising charity auction.

Members offered their services as lots to be bid on 
by past members, current members and friends of the club.

These services ranged from babysitting and ploughing to covering a silo and spreading slurry.

A member of Ballywalter YFC taking part in the rainbow challenge

The auction was a great success and the club were able to raise £6,398.54.

They then are going to donate to the RNLI – the chosen charity by late patron Ms May McAdam.

Off the back of this, the club also visited the Portaferry RNLI station to find out more about the life saving work they do.

The club then continued to celebrate their 90th year by holding a 90th anniversary dinner at the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Over 200 guests were present – including guest speaker Wallace Gregg.

Aside from 90th celebrations, this year the club also completed their eco-club bronze award with Ulster Wildlife and Grassroots.

To obtain this award, the club handed out branded travel mugs to reduce the use of single-use plastics.

Unfortunately, Ballywalter YFC have had to cancel their annual parents’ night and all remaining club meetings.

Ballywalter YFC would however like to say well done to all members as everyone has worked very hard this year to make the club the best it can be and ensuring every member enjoys themselves.

The club have also made the hard decision to cancel their barbecue and tractor run and postpone all other events until June 2020.

Ballywalter YFC however haven’t stopped being active.

Every Thursday Ballywalter YFC will be posting their ‘#ThrowbackThursday’ posts on all their social media.

These posts will be images or videos of past sketches, events or club meetings and will allow friends of the club to reminisce and give a few people some laughs.

So, stay tuned every Thursday on the Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Members have also decided to show their support for key workers in this unsettling time by drawing rainbows and displaying them around their local area.

The club hope these images will cheer everyone up and show the club’s appreciation.

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