Two young members of Cathedral Youth Club, who have toiled all year raising money for charity, have been rewarded for their good deeds.
Nine-year-old Katelyn Warke and her Cathedral Youth Club companion, Kodie Donaldson, found themselves the focus of attention on December 16, when they were each presented with an engraved crystal plaque to acknowledged a year spent rattling, tins, collecting door-to-door and taking part in street collections armed with buckets and a smile.
Katelyn is the daughter of Kim and Graham Warke from Newbuildings, and Kodie is the daughter of Margaret and Gordon Donaldson from Summer Meadows in the Waterside. The pair have been inseparable friends since they met at youth club and in evenings after school, at weekends and during holidays have been filling their free time helping others less well off than themselves.
“The plaques were presented to them by MLA Gary Middleton at Cathedral youth Club, to mark the fact that they have spent all year fundrsising for a variety of charities and causes,” said proud dad Graham Warke.
“They are just two brilliant young girls and they put the rest of us to shame this year with their fundraising for away trips and fun days for the club, and they have also raised quite a bit of money during the year for a load of different charities.
“The Youth Club chose to surprise the girls by making a presentation to them on the same day that Paul Sweeney, head of fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support came down to see us and receive a cheque from Katelyn and Kodie for £95. The two girls raised that money themselves and he heard about it and decided to come down in person and meet them and take the cheque from them himself, which was a lovely thing to do.
“The girls have also raised money during the year for Children in Need and Cathedral Youth Club and have done door collections and even raffled things to raise money for issues close to their heart, including raising money to buy warm clothing as a Christmas gift for a homeless man who donated to one of their bucket collections.”
Commending their efforts, Paul Sweeney Head of Regional Fundraising for NI for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “I would like to thank Katelyn and Kodie for their fantastic fundraising to support people affected by cancer in Londonderry.
“These two young fundraisers are truly inspiring and have made a great difference to many people in the North West,” he said.
Mr Sweeney said that all money raised by the girls would be used to support Macmillan in building their first Support and Information Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital.
“I just want to say ‘Thank you’ to them for supporting us,” he said.