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Rostrevor and District Vintage Club  -  Supports Buddy Bear Children

Rostrevor Vintage Tractor Run Fantastic Day


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 Brendan Murney and Members of Rostrevor and District Vintage Club gave a royal  Kingdom of the Mournes welcome to Buddy Bear Trust to raise funds and publicity for the only Conductive Education School in Ireland established 25 years ago by volunteers to educate children with cerebral palsy.

 Brendan Murney and Members of Rostrevor and District Vintage Club turned out in force with an array of  tractors ranging from  classic vintage Massey Fergusons to the latest with built- in GPs systems to help raise funds and public awareness for little Jack Reid son of Neville and Joanne Reid.

Jack will benefit from Community Support

Jack, who  has cerebral palsy attends the Buddy Bear Trust School in Dungannon on a part time basis as the school is oversubscribed by young children whose parents  wish them to have the benefit of early intervention from as young as possible.

Brendan McConville, Chair and founder member of the Trust and retired SELB Education Officer thanked Brendan Murney, the members of Rostrevor and District Vintage Club, the ladies who made soup, sandwiches and apple tarts for all those who helped in any way and the GAA club and its members for their hospitality. It was a super family day.

Brendan McConville paid tribute to Neville Reid and his wife Joanne and their large circle of friends for making such a fantastic success of the day for little Jack and the other children who benefit from the independent charity  school in Dungannon.

The Down Folk opened the Door 20 years ago

Brendan reminded the supporters that 20 years ago they had helped the Buddy Bear Trust School open in Dungannon to help a child from Newry, Daniel Murphy who was given little hope of independence or quality of life for the future.

Daniels’s mother Mary who is a Member of the Trust brought him to Dungannon for 14 years. Daniel now has a gold medal for swimming for Ireland, a silver medal from the Special Olympics and another for bowling. Daniel turned down a meeting with President Mary McAleese as it clashed with the day he received his certificate for Computer studies.  Daniel is living proof that Conductive Education can change the life of children and their parents.


“We wish to give Jack the same chance as Daniel and many others. Supporters were advised that Jack needed Conductive Education every day to give him the opportunity to develop greater independence.  Jacks parents and family friend have seen the improvement in Jack since he started attending this unique school last year. They simply wish him to be given the opportunity to develop.

The Trust has raised this matter with OFMDFM and all the MLAs. Look at the support for our school on Youtube and our web from the First Minister and MLAs as well as church leaders. We have asked all.” Said Brendan

Education Boards recommended to work in partnership with Trust.

“ We want parity of treatment with schools in the UK.  We are at a loss to know why the Education Boards don’t work closely with us as recommended by the Inspectors for the Department of Education.  We intend to raise this matter with Education Minister John O’Dowd who claims to listen to parents and who promotes a Shared Education.  Our children come from all sections of the community and they wish to be part of the community.” Said Brendan


We could help Jack and many more children with cerebral palsy with a very small fraction of the funds that are spent and at time wasted on Education. EAS is one example.

“We will do our best to take Jack to school on a full time basis next September. With help like we have received here today we could make a lifetime of difference to a child and a family”.


We might organise a Tractor Run to Stormont to drive home the message that we as a community care for the most vulnerable and only want the best for our children .

Down GAA might consider a wee game with Tyrone to raise fun and funds???

Parents of children with cerebral palsy are welcome to contact the school at

02887752025 or mob 07867786804 or

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