City fair to boost community spirit

LIMERICK city is to host anaction-packed community and voluntary fair on September 5.

The event at Limerick City Hall will let people know what activities are on offer, and what services are being provided in the city. It was launched at City Hall yesterday with some well-known volunteers including Tommy Dillon from the Southill Powerlifters Club and Barry McInerney from the Limerick Scouts Organisation. They were joined by entertainers who will perform on the day of the fair.

The 2009 fair will feature representatives from up to 100 of Limerick’s clubs, societies, voluntaryorganisations and service providers who will display their own service, social histories, demonstrate their achievements and welcome new members.

Limerick City Sports Partnership will organise a Wii computerised team sports programme, which is expected to be a big draw.

There will also be an opportunity for people to try their skills at the target penalty shoot-out and kick boxing, and bouncy castles and face painting for younger children.

One of the highlights of the fair will be a BBQ Cook-Off competition featuring the Limerick Slow Food movement. This year community groups providing Meals On Wheels to schools or in their own communities have also been invited to participate in the BBQ.

Organiser Monica O’Brien Smith, a development worker with the PAUL Partnership, said teams are already being put together and so far Southill, Queen of Peace, Limerick Youth Service, St Mary’s, Kileely and Ballynanty have signed up to take part.

She said: “We also have teams from the new communities of Limerick and include Ghana & Ireland Friendship Association and The Igbo Union of Ireland. The food provided will be ‘Slow Food’ involving locally sourced vegetables and meats.”

Those who wish to reserve a stand can fill in a reservation form available on www.paulpartnership.ie. Performers or entertainers who would like to perform or display their skills can fill in the performance form also on the website.

“The fair will be a celebration of people helping people, neighbours helping neighbours, we are all in this together,” Ms O’Brien Smith said. “Studies have shown there is a huge health benefit to volunteering, so it’s a great time to see what you’re good at, register, get involved and make a difference in your community.”

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