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      Tuesday 17 Aug 2010

      George Best Belfast City Airport is inviting local residents to the airport as it hosts two Community Information Days on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 August.
      The event is an opportunity for local residents, community groups, charities, schools and sports groups to find out how to apply for support from the airport’s Community Fund, a voluntary initiative which has already seen over £36,000 donated to 11 local projects.

      Staff will also be on hand to answer questions about airport operations or any issues surrounding the proposed runway extension, noise or the environment.

      Ruth Kimbley from the Community Fund said: “We’re looking forward to meeting people who share our vision of improving the health and well-being of local communities.

      “So many people have already benefitted from the Community Fund and it’s important groups come to talk to us to find out what we can do for them.

      “We also welcome those who want to talk about issues including the proposed runway, the environment or anything to do with our operations.”

      Since it was set up last year, the Community Fund has helped local people including children with autism at Helping Hands Community Group in Tullycarnet and young people with Down’s Syndrome at Cregagh Diamontes Dance Group.

      The airport has funded a pantomime trip for Adoption UK (NI), bought new tracksuits for Castlereagh Young Footballers and new equipment for disabled children to enjoy safe horseriding.

      The fund also supports the airport’s adopted primary schools, St Joseph’s and Victoria Park, whose pupils have enjoyed working with Camerata Ireland and the writers of the George Best musical Dancing Shoes. Priory College’s fundraising efforts for Haiti were supported earlier this year with a donation of £5,000.

      David McConnell from Inverary Community Centre Committee, said:

      “As a member of the George Best Belfast City Airport Community Forum, I’d urge local people to come along to the Community Information Days. As the airport is part of the local community they should take advantage of this opportunity to ask relevant staff questions about its operations.”

      The Community Days will be held on Thursday August 26 from 4pm to 9pm and Friday August 27 from 8am to midday in the conference suite at the airport.

      Visitors can enter a prize draw to win a pair of Flybe flights and the first 50 people to come to the event will win copies of Silver Wings, a book commemorating 25 years of the airport.

      Those attending can book behind-the-scenes tours and visitors can view the airport’s new noise and track monitoring system – which accurately records the height of approaching and departing aircraft.

      For more information please contact Ruth Kimbley on 028 9093 5013.