Organisers of the inaugural Engine Show, which took place at the former Shackleton site in Ballykelly in August, said they are delighted to announce that the event raised £10,000 for local community projects.
The event was organised by Shackleton Events, part of MJM Group, which acquired the site in 2016. MJM Group has already put almost £30,000 back into the community since taking on the site. The Engine Show offered the opportunity, not only to raise funds for local projects, but to allow people onto the site and to see some of the facilities.
Deborah Loughran, spokesperson for Shackleton Events said, “We are delighted with how successful this family fun event was. We had huge community support and help locally from organisations such as Glack Community Association, Maiden City Motor Club, Men’s Sheds, the local Scouts etc. We also had fantastic support from the business community with sponsors from across the region. MJM Group also put almost £20,000 in time and materials into organising and getting the site ready for the event.
“We are now asking the community how you want this money to be spent. We want to support specific projects, events or purchases. This means requests should come from individuals or groups who need money to support something which will improve the local community. This could be to subsidise a children’s outing, a defibrillator for a sports club, a luncheon club for older people or equipment for a playgroup. Ideally, we want to support as many local activities as possible where people in Ballykelly area can immediately see the impact of the money in the community. We may not be able to support everything or respond to every request. For that reason, we are not supporting requests for general charity donations or retrospective requests.”
The company also outlined how to request support. Deborah Loughran added, “You can apply by emailing email@example.com to receive the application form or private message ‘The Engine Show’ on Facebook with your email address. Requests must be returned via this form by Friday 27th September 2019. Each request will be scored based on amount required; benefit to the community; and spread of projects across different sectors. We appreciate we may not be able to support everything or give the full amount requested, but we look forward to supporting lots of community initiatives in the months ahead.”
All successful applicants will be invited to a presentation event in October.