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Over £37,000 raised at Arvalee Inspiration event

By Eimhear McGurk
e.mcgurk@ulsterherald.com

THANKS to the amazing generosity of the local community over £37,000 was raised for Arvalee School at their sixth annual Inspiration Project dinner dance.

The former Arvalee School building was destroyed by a fire back in 2012 and since then this special fund-raising initiative – Arvalee Inspiration Project – has been gathering sponsorship from the local business community for the benefit of the school and raised a fantastic £37,530 this year.

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Over the past six years nearly £240,000 has been raised by the project which is given directly to Arvalee to enhance the educational experience of the young people, allowing them to reach their full potential.

To kick off this year’s event, guests were transported throughout the world by the Arvalee pupils during their fantastic ‘Dr Who’ production at their school on the Gortin Road on Friday evening.

The 200 guests then journeyed across the road to the Silverbirch Hotel for the glamorous dinner dance and auction.

Special guest Jammy Jamshed, a Manchester United representative, brought with him club memorabilia which was auctioned off at the event alongside five hand-made tables created by the Arvalee pupils which each raised £1,000.

Jason Sawyers from the Friends of Arvalee parents group who runs the project said, “We’re so glad to have so many people involved, the auction went unbelievably well and we can’t thank the local businesses enough for their generosity.

“They don’t understand how thankful we are for their help and how much it benefits our kids.”

Although initially signing up to be involved for five years, many sponsors have offered their continued commitment to the project and nine new sponsors have also come on board this year.

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“The kids benefit so much from this money, a lot of it goes towards music and drama provisions in the school which helps so much to build the confidence of all the kids,” added Jason.

“We would like to say a special thank you not only to the sponsors but to the teachers at the school, their commitment to the pupils has always been amazing and we can’t thank them enough for everything they do.”

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