The Children of Ireland Group
P. O. Box 13241, Tallahassee, Florida 32317
Telephone: (850) 562-6466 Ext. 3307

A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

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Portadown Canoe Club

Letter from the Club's President, Tony Blevins:

Portadown Canoe Club is a recently established group working in the whole of Portadown

We offer children and young adults the opportunity to experience canoeing which builds up their water confidence and teaches them to swim. Through this activity, they learn other skills such as teamwork, confidence building and they make friends across the religious divide in Portadown.

Environmental issues will also be raised while they are out in the countryside such as littering, respect for wildlife and farmland, etc.

Contact with other youth clubs has been made and we have offered our services to groups such as Cabin Club in Drumcree Centre through Jennifer McCann and David Byrne who are interested in bringing some young people along on sessions.

Day trips are organised, starting on placid water such as lakes, as they progress they will get experience of white water and the sea.

Our instructor, Tony, has vast experience of working with young people through football coaching, water skiing, hockey, weight training and is a qualified canoe instructor.

Our group believes sport is the perfect medium to build young peoples self-confidence, motivation and discipline, especially for some of the young people who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and would not normally get the opportunity to experience such activities.

Future aims are to widen out activities to include banana boating, water skiing, wind surfing and jet skiing, hill walking, rockclimbing, absailing and bouldering but, at present we are starting with canoeing.

We are requesting you to fund the attached list of equipment in full. Total $2,500. If this is not possible, perhaps you could part fund it., particularly the canoes and life jackets.

We feel this is a very worthwhile project which has the potential to help many young people in Portadown.

We look forward to your reply.

/s/ Tony Blevins, President

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Funding Summary

3 Second Hand Kayaks 350#

3 Paddles 75#

3 Life Jackets 90#

3 Helmets 90#

3 Wetsuits 165#

3 Spray Decks 90#

3 Water-Proof Tops 90#

Total: 1650# approximately $2,500

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