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Mr Edward Stevenson Grand Master of the Grand Orange Order of Ireland and Brendan McConville with Ildiko Veres Principal Conductor

We are delighted that Mr. Edward Stevenson Grand Master of the Grand Orange Order of Ireland and Mrs Olive Whitten Grand Mistress of the Women's Orange Order together with Mrs Hilda Winters have added their support to help promote and raise funds for children at the Buddy Bear School in Dungannon.

The Gathering at Dan Winters Cottage

We need to raise funds until we can convince the new Education Minister John O' Dowd to make the services we offer to parents and their children an option and an additional resource to the excellent work being carried out in schools. I was a Vice Principal of a special school and Education Officer for 29 years and I know that we are blessed to have dedicated teachers. We simply wish to add another resource to help make a lifetime of difference to a child and a family. We make no promises but we do offer hope and help. Success is measured in many ways - some children leave us able to hold a SPOON TO FEED THEMSELVES BUT others are able to walk out to go to their local school.  Daniel Murphy from Newry, a real campaigner won a silver medal in the special Olympics and a gold medal for representing Ireland in swimming.

Our children come from all sections of the community and its important that big organisations such as the Orange join with individuals, clubs and businesses to help the most vulnerable children in our community.

The Gathering at Dan Winters Cottage
We are delighted that Mr Edward Stevenson, Grand Master of the Orange Order  and Mrs Olive Whitten Grand Mistress of the Association of Orangewomen of Ireland have agreed to help our children and to promote the school.  We hope to offer unique personalised  copies of "  the Gathering at Dan Winters"  to Orange Lodges and to Individuals. Copies to Orange Lodges will have their lodge number  and the Grand Masters signature on the canvass framed copies. Donations may be made direct to Buddy Bear Bear Trust, or


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