The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival committee has announced that over £24,000 was raised at the 2016 Festival for its designated charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
This successful partnership will continue into 2017, which also marks the 25th Anniversary of the Festival.
The impressive donation was a result of the generous contributions made by local businesses, visitors and guests who attended the superb line-up of events run as part of the Festival last year.
Key events included the GMcG, Belfast Oyster Masters Golf Day, Smeg Pop-up Restaurant, Quilter Cheviot Pearl & Oyster Ball and the ‘Magic of the Movies’ Musical Evening, supported by Lockton Insurance which featured the musical stylings of the Belfast Operatic Company and The Leading Ladies. The charity was also able to benefit from fundraising opportunities on the main day of the Festival by collecting donations from the crowds as they enjoyed the Turkish Airlines World Oyster Eating Championship and Phoenix Natural Gas Soapbox Derby.
Don Spence, Chairman for the 2016 Hillsborough International Oyster Festival, said: “The work of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust is incredibly important for supporting children and adults living with the condition, and the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival is proud to donate its net proceeds to this cause. We look forward to working with this charity again in 2017 for our 25th anniversary Festival.”
Linda Alexander from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust added: “The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival provided a superb vehicle to raise awareness and generate support for our charity. I, along with our volunteers, really admired the dedication of the Festival and appreciate all the efforts that went in to raising vital funds for our charity and we are glad to be back on-board for 2017!”
The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival also kindly acknowledges the support of Tourism Northern Ireland and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in the staging of the 2016 event.