More than 350 people attended the recent Health and Wellbeing event in the Finn Valley Centre, Stranorlar.
The Finn Valley Community Health Forum (FVCHF) hosted the event which took place on Thursday evening. Those who came along benefited from the advice and support of 80 exhibitors. And with stands ranging from healthy eating, HSE self-management to hobbies and holistic health there truly was something for everyone.
This free event is now in its fourth year.
Monica Ramsey from the FVCHF said: ‘We would like to say a special thank you to Patsy McGonagle and the Finn Valley Centre for offering the venue for free and supporting us year on year. We couldn’t host this event which has grown from 17 stands in 2014 to six times its size tonight without the support of the Centre.
“The annual event is now the biggest and most successful of its kind in the north west; perhaps even in Ireland.”
The night involved talks and demonstrations from a wide range of exhibitors. They included An Garda Siochana, Three Rivers Beekeeping Association, Mental Health Ireland, Smoking Cessation and many more.
Charlene Logue from the FVCHF wished to thank the exhibitors.
She said: “It is truly fantastic that all of these exhibitors come here for free and give up their time to offer expertise, advice and support to our community.
“We see every year in the Finn Valley the desire to work together to build a better community for everyone. I’d like to thank the members of the committee who give up their time on a voluntary basis to organise this huge event. And thank you to the exhibitors for donating amazing prizes to our raffle which raised €700 to support the costs of the event.”
Many businesses from the Finn Valley area took part. Ballybofey and Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce also supported the event.
Free food tasters and healthy eating advice were offered by providers such as Yes Chef Catering, Supervalu, Bodyfuel & Co, McConnells Meat, and Discover Juice. And of course, the event wouldn’t be the same without the support of The Hatter Tea Room. They were on hand with free tea and coffee to all who came along.
Leah Fairman from Ballybofey and Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce said: “It’s been our pleasure to support this leading event in the Finn Valley. It is the biggest of its kind in the north west. And it shows what can happen when businesses and community groups work together. We’re proud to have a strong tradition of this in the Twin Towns. We look forward to supporting the event next year.”
The FVCHF was set up in 2006 as part of the re-organisation of local HSE primary care services. Its vision is to ensure a fair, equal and inclusive primary care system in the Finn Valley.
FVCHF encompasses the areas of Cloghan, Stranorlar, Ballybofey, Convoy, Drumkeen and Killygordon.
The forum receives a small amount of grant aid from the HSE under Social Inclusion. Further funding comes from other agencies to ensure quality provision for voluntary agencies, organisations and groups to come together to work on health and social issues in the Finn Valley area.
Anyone who would like to find out more or who wishes to join FVCHF can contact [email protected]
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