WITH less than three weeks to Christmas, Santa Claus is getting set for his annual tour of Fermanagh spreading festive cheer and raising much needed funds for local charities.
Enniskillen Rotary Club launched their Santa Mobile for the 2016 Christmas season this week and the famous man in the red suit will be appearing on the streets of Enniskillen, Lisnaskea and Irvinestown very soon!
The Santa Mobile is a popular festive attraction when Father Christmas is driven through the towns, throwing sweets and goodies for all to share. For the past 17 years, the event has raised thousands of pounds while at the same time giving children a chance to give Santa any last minute requests ahead of December 25th.
Archie Burrell from Enniskillen Rotary Club is hoping the people of Fermanagh will dig deep for this very worthy cause when the Santa Mobile takes to the streets from this weekend: “When we first started the response was phenomenal and it is still very well received by both children and adults wherever we go. The volunteers annually take to the streets in all sorts of weather conditions and sometimes we find it difficult to get new collectors. The Fermanagh people are so generous to us and it’s great to see the glee on the children’s faces every time we go out,” he said.
Rotary Club President Kenny Fisher added: “We would ask the public to support these very worthy charities whenever the Santa Mobile goes ‘on the road’ as all money raised is used within the county.”
The Santa Mobile will be visiting Enniskillen on December 10th, 15, 16, 17, and 20th; Lisnaskea on the 14th and Irvinestown on the 21st.
At their lunchtime meeting on Monday, the club also presented their annual Christmas cheques for £500 each to Major Simon Wright from Enniskillen Salvation Army and Joe Maguire of St Vincent de Paul (Fermanagh). Both charities will be working hard this Christmas to help ensure no family in the county goes without and that every child has a toy to wake up to.
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