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      Friday 01 Oct 2010

      Schoolchildren from east and south Belfast have just embarked on the first of a series of cross-community “journeys” of discovery following funding from the George Best Belfast City Airport’s Community Fund.
      ‘The Journey Project’ is a cross-community partnership between Knocknagoney and Short Stand Community Centres which today saw 32 children from each centre’s after school club visit W5 at the Odyssey in Belfast.

      The project provides children aged 4-7 with the opportunity to develop friendships based on a series of shared experiences while engaging in a number of constructive workshops and visits to local landmarks, museums, theatres and other interactive activities throughout the school year.

      Michelle Hatfield, Corporate Social Responsibility Director at George Best Belfast City Airport said:

      “Our Community Fund aims to support valuable projects within surrounding areas of the airport. The Journey Project is a great opportunity for the young people of east and south Belfast to discover and experience our local culture, whilst developing cross-community relationships.”

      Maureen Harkins, Community Development Assistant Officer at Knocknagoney Community Centre said of the project:

      “We want to develop our relationship with the Short Strand Community Centre through the Journey Project and hope that by doing this the relationships formed by the children will be sustained in the future.

      “We are delighted with the airport’s support and hope W5 will be the first of many successful ‘generic journeys’ the children will experience together.”

      To date the airport’s Community Fund has contributed £40,000 to 13 local projects. For further information on the airport’s fund or to find out how your group can apply for funding please contact the airport on or simply download an application form from our website.

      Laura Duggan from the airports Community Fund makes the 'journey' to W5.