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      Thursday 26 May 2011

      An after school project run by the Newtownards Road Women's Group has benefited from significant funding from the George Best Belfast City Airport Community Fund.

      The "Four Seasons" activity project aims to give children aged between 5 and 11 an insight into the effect each of the seasons can have on wildlife and animals in the environment around them.

      Heather McMurray, Operations Manager of the Carew II Family Centre which is owned and managed by the Newtownards Road Women's Group has said of the project:

      "Many of the children we work with do not have access to gardens or play areas.

      "During the forthcoming months the children will visit farms, study nature tables, learn to identify different species of animals and birds, plant and take care of bulbs, decorate wooden eggs and plant pots.

      "Thanks to the £2,500 funding from George Best Belfast City Airport Community Fund, I don't think any of the children will be disappointed with the creative activities we have planned for the rest of the year."

      Laura Duggan, Environmental Executive at George Best Belfast City Airport said:

      "The 'Four Seasons' project is very exciting for the children taking part and exactly the type of project we had in mind when developing our Community Fund programme.

      "The combination of indoor and outdoor projects as well as visits to local attractions is a great way for these children to become involved in and understand their own community and environment.

      "I have planted some bulbs with the children and saw the excitement and interest that the project generated among the children. I am looking forward to seeing what the group will be getting up to next throughout the rest of the year."

      To date the airport's community fund has contributed over £50,000 to local projects.


      'Four Seasons' Project