Members of Destined, a Derry-based charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, are taking to the streets tomorrow for a fundraising effort in aid of under-privileged children in India.
Money raised from tomorrow’s flag day will go to Bennigan’s Babies, a charity set up by Joe Nelis of Bennigan’s Bar in John Street. The charity runs a school for 186 young people in Hardiwar, India and also supports a local orphanage.
The children receive formal education, medical care, clothing and three meals a day from donations made by the charity. It employs three full-time teachers and several part-time assistants.
Terry McDevitt, flag day co-ordinator, said the fundraising effort is part of Destined’s “Citizenship” programme.
He said: “In the past Destined has carried fundraising events for other charities, including Trocaire, Derry Friends of Palestine, Changaroo Trust based in Kenya and Trojans Community and Football Association.
He added: “We decided to raise money for the charity after John Nelis, from Bennigan’s Babies, gave a presentation to the Destined group outlining all the past work the charity has been involved and how they are making an impact in India.”
Terry added anyone interested in taking part in the flag day fundraising, which will take place from 10.00am to 4.00pm, would be “very welcome.”
He added: “Bennigan’s Babies carries out excellent work and I and urging people to be as generous as possible.”
If you would like to take part in the fundraising, contact Destined on 02871362424, ter[email protected] or call into the office at 45 Great James Street.