This week ISPCC Ambassadors Robbie and Claudine Keane, officially launched Keelings first Irish strawberries of the season, at Keelings Farm Shop, in St. Margarets, Co. Dublin.

To celebrate the start of the Irish strawberry season, this weekend Keelings are hosting their annual First Irish Harvest Festival in support of ISPCC Childline on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April at the Keelings Farm Shop in St Margarets.  Family, friends and their little growers are invited to attend, learn to plant their first Irish strawberry plant and this year make their very own seed bombs to take home, fostering an appreciation of biodiversity and pollination, which Keelings growers actively implement on their farm.

Children and little growers can enjoy games and entertainment, face-painting and bouncy castles, while also learning about the importance of the bugs and bees from Keelings’ very own growers! Meanwhile, the grown-ups can enjoy berry delicious refreshments from the pop-up coffee shop. There will also be plenty of tasty treats and decadent sandwiches available from the food carts.

David Keeling, Managing Director Keelings, said;

Childline is a vital service that helps children everyday by answering over 1,000 calls as well as responding to a huge amount of texts and online chats. To cover its costs it has to raise over €3.2million each year, and more than 90% of that comes from donations. This is our second year partnering with ISPCC and we are looking forward to a very successful family event at our First Harvest Festival. As a father and a businessman, I am very happy to be able to give something back to this wonderful charity, and I hope that our association with ISPCC Childline proves to be very positive for them and their fundraising efforts this weekend.”

John Church, CEO, ISPCC, said:

We are delighted to partner with Keelings for the second year running. We want to be there for every child and young person in Ireland and the support from companies like Keelings, ensures us that we can. It is great to be able to partner with successful Irish businesses, and the people behind them, who believe in the work we do at the ISPCC. We look forward to our association with Keelings into the future”.

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