Mayor offers Free Family Fun at Foyle Arena in aid of AWARE

Mayor offers Free Family Fun at Foyle Arena in aid of AWARE

Published on Friday, 18 August 2017

Posted in News


The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh is inviting everyone to a free ‘Family Fun Day’ at the Foyle Arena on Friday 25th August.

The fun day will benefit and help raise awareness and funds for the Mayors’ chosen charity – AWARE. The charity offers a range of support services and programmes to help and educate people on depression. The Mayor said the fun day was a great way to show support for the charity and an opportunity to provide a fun day out for families in one Council’s finest leisure and event arenas. He added: “The ‘Family Fun Day’ will be a great day out. Parents and their children are invited to come along from 2.00 – 5.00pm to enjoy the activities.

“There is so much planned for the day that will keep the children entertained for hours. Activities will include; face painting, glitter tattoos, bouncy castles, a bouncy castle obstacle course, a photo booth, kid’s carousel, free wall climbing and £1 swims!

“I am very pleased to be in my position as Mayor to host this event and I would like to ask anyone attending to support my chosen charity AWARE, by making a small donation to the charity. Representatives from AWARE will be there on the day promoting the fantastic work they do and answering any questions you many have about their work.”

In addition to the ‘Mayor’s Family Fun Day’, the Foyle Arena is one of a number of Council leisure facilities currently offering a range of summer activities for kids including; swims, squash, badminton, all for just £1 until the end of August. 

“I hope families from throughout the city and district and our visitors will come along and take part in the fun filled day of free entertainment at the arena. Kids should be encouraged to be active and outdoors during the good weather and taking part in these events could be the encouragement they need to get out there and get active. Leave the television and laptops at home for a day and take in the fresh air at St. Columb’s Park and enjoy the entertainment on offer at the Foyle Arena.” He added.

Margaret McCrossan of AWARE said, “We really appreciate this support and I would like to thank the Mayor for choosing AWARE as his charity. Our trained volunteers and support groups work with people with depression and bipolar disorders as well as their carer’s. We also deliver information outreach sessions to communities, schools, universities and workplaces and provide support for those in need. Fundraising effort such as this help us to keep going and provide these much needed services. We shall be at the Foyle Area throughout the day to join in the fun activities and provide advice and information on what we can offer.”

The Mayor’s Fun Day takes place on Friday 25th August from 2-5pm at the Foyle Arena. Further details on leisure and sports activities and facilities throughout Derry and Strabane is available at