Ceilidh contributes to church cash

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THE FUND to rejuvinate Girvan’s Catholic Church is now £700 richer thanks to the energetic efforts of two town teens.

Daniel Traynor and Niamh Fulton (below left), both sixth year pupils of Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr, threw a ceilidh for church members and guests on Saturday in aid of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Restoration Fund.

The twosome’s work to organise the event contributed to their Caritas Awards - a volunteering scheme set up to celebrate Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Scotland in September.

“The Award is all about sharing love, compassion and goodwill within your church and school life in the hope of making this world a better place,” Daniel explained of the 40-hour volunteering requirement, which is split between church and school.

The 17-year-old said he and Niamh had decided upon a ceilidh, which they held in the Catholic Hall on Henrietta Street, for their project because he had never attended one.

“I thought it would be an idea so that I could experience it, but we thought it would appeal to the congregation as well,” Daniel said.

“It was a fantastic night; lively and upbeat, with a mix of old and young and everyone in between. One attendee said, ‘Tonight, you have brought the parish together - young and old!’. The £700 definitely exceeded our target - that was only a few hundred. I really didn’t think we would make that much.”

Daniel and Niamh wished to thank their family and friends for their support, as well as all the local businesses and shops for their kind donations and raffle prizes.

The Carrick Gazette would like to apologise for the misprint in the ‘inside today’ bar of our print edition dated Wednesday November 21, which stated the ceilidh was at the South Parish Church.