Photo: Mayor Michael Sheahan, Mary Fitzpatrick, Vice Chair, Tait House Community Enterprise, Lyndsey Liston, Southill Family Resource Centre and Tracey Lynch, CEO Tait House Community Enterprise at the launch of the Southside Summer Festival
The Changing Lives Foundation, in partnership with Sunderland Foundation of Light and Childline, proudly presents the inaugural Southside City Summerfest this coming August.
The Southside City Summerfest is a collaboration of sporting and family events intended to empower community spirit and bring families, neighbours, friends and overall communities together within the Southside of Limerick city.
The vision is to directly engage the younger members of the community through a structured, sports-based programme that provides opportunities for participants to improve physical fitness, develop a better quality of life and acquire life skills and vocational qualifications.
To achieve sustainable success, the Southside City Summerfest has partnered sporting bodies, local community groups and relevant agencies to provide high-quality facilities and activities for the area’s young population and their families. In doing so, the Southside City Summerfest will demonstrate the potential of our existing resources and advance community spirit through supporting the healthy outlook of our area’s future.
The Southside City Summerfest will run from Monday August 17 – Sunday August 23, 2015. The event is anchored by the DoorStepSports Summer camp, where coaches from Sunderland AFC, the FAI and various local sports clubs will train 350 local children over a free, week-long sports camp. Participating children will also receive coached introductions to rugby, Gaelic games, boxing and general fitness training, and will receive daily meals provided by Food Consultants and Chefs John J Flynn and Valerie O’Connor, intended to encourage and support healthy eating. 20 participants of the DoorStepSports camp will also be selected by the coaches to attend a Sunderland AFC workshop in September.
Other key activities across the week include music talent workshops, a community sports and fun day, a family fitness fun-run and a charity soccer match, before the week concludes on Sunday, August 23 with a free concert headlined by Paddy Casey and Fresh Re, featuring local acts selected from the music workshops, and welcoming an audience of 2,500.
Core to the activity of the Southside City Summerfest is encouraging awareness of and contributing funds to the ISPCC Childline service. With the week’s programme fully sponsored by Limerick companies MJH Services and Conack Construction, all proceeds raised from fun-run sponsorship and charity collections will be donated to Childline, with Changing Lives setting a target of €20,000.
It is intended that the Southside City Summerfest 2015 will become an annual event, and will add a Northside City Summerfest in 2016, as Changing Lives works toward fostering, supporting and connecting communities across the city.
Tracey Lynch from Tait House Community Enterprise says that they are, “We are delighted to lend our support to the Southside Summer Festival. The Team Limerick Clean up was such a positive experience for Communities across Limerick. This is another great opportunity for community groups and local clubs to work together to participate, volunteer, run events or workshops aimed at the whole of the Southside Community. The events over the week are free, and there will be something for everyone, We are really looking forward to it.”
Tait House will be facilitating a coordinators meeting This Thursday 18th June, any registered community group or club interested can come along at 2pm to Tait House Community Enterprise, Roxboro Road. For further information contact Tait House on 061 415 340.
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