There will be considerable traffic disruption in Letterkenny today due to the staging of the North West 10k Race and Walk.

With around 3,000 people expected to take part, parts of the town will be seriously restricted for traffic from 1.00 pm onwards.

The Charity Run & Walk takes place tomorrow with a 2 p.m. sharp start.

Large numbers of spectators are also expected and people are advised to come early in order to get parking.

Stewards and gardai will be on hand to divert and control traffic movements.

Traffic will return to normal from around 3.30 pm onwards.

Four charities will benefit from the race.

Blood Bike North West is a voluntary group of bikers offering an out of hours emergency service to the HSE in Donegal. Their function is to transport blood, plasma, breast milk and important notes to hospitals in Dublin, Galway, Sligo and Derry. The monies received from the North West 10 k will go towards the running costs of the voluntary service, training and the purchase of a second bike.

The Donegal Down Syndrome provides Speech therapy to all their members. It is one of the most vital services the association offers. Speech/communication is so important to every person, however it is one that is difficult for a person with Down Syndrome. As well as speech therapy the organization offers swimming lessons, drama, dance lessons, yoga, cycle training, youth club for teens/adults, social club for 5-12 year-old and life skills such as cookery and literacy courses for adults.

Donegal Down Syndrome also subsidises training for parents, teachers and Special Needs Assistants. They run Lamh courses, Numicon workshops (visual way to learn maths) and general behaviour workshops. The local branch also tries to run a couple of conferences through the year. This year they are bringing Professor Sue Buckley OBE to Donegal. Prof Buckley is the world expert on educating children with Down Syndrome. They also hope to embark on the first bit of research in Ireland on ‘Numicon Development of Mathematical Skills in children/teens with Down syndrome’.

Donegal DS depends solely on fundraising and are so grateful to the members and their families and wider community for their support.

The Multiple Sclerosis Donegal Branch is a totally voluntary group and all monies raised locally stay within the county. M.S. has a welfare committee and any member looking for financial help is reviewed with the help of the case worker from M.S Ireland to decide on what level of help the branch can give.

The branch also runs a summer outing for the members and their carers and again at Christmas time have a dinner in a hotel and provide music for the evening. The Branch also help to provide physio for people who are unable to travel.

Donegal Youth Service (DYS) is located at Port Road, Letterkenny. They work with over 400 local volunteers and with over 4,000 young people aged 5 to 25 years of age on a range of topics including sport provision, fun activities, games, arts and crafts, music, drama and topical training programmes including Cyber-bullying, Drug & Alcohol Awareness, Diversity Awareness, The DYS ‘Youth Outreach Project’ works with 27 voluntary youth clubs located right across the county. The DYS ‘Youth Information Centre’ provides information, training and guidance as well as a drop in facility at its Letterkenny base and has an outreach service in Falcarragh & Ballybofey.

The DYS ‘Daybreak Programme’ located in Letterkenny and Ballybofey helps young people who are experiencing difficulty in school and is a direct response educational service. The DYS ‘Breakout Project’ located in Letterkenny and Ballybofey, is the only youth LGBT programme in existence in Donegal. The DYS ‘Teen Talk’ service is our latest initiative. This is a listening service for young people and has been set up to respond to the needs of young people across the county.

All of the 27 DYS youth clubs will be involved in the North West 10k fundraising. All money will be distributed to the local youth clubs that participated in fundraising. It will go towards ‘Drop In’ equipment including pool tables, laptops, TV’s, play stations, sofas beanbags etc, laptops/dongles for those youth clubs that do not have internet access during youth club opening hours. In other words, things that young people want!!

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