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Brendan showing the Ambassadors his art work to raise funds for the school

In December talks in Stormont dominated the headlines as Government entered into talks about flags, parades and the past, again... However over in Dungannon talks of an entirely different nature took place with two Hungarian Ambassadors.


Together with the Buddy Bear Trust, local businesses and Schools in Northern Ireland welcomed Hungarian Ambassadors Péter Szabadhegy, UK Ambassador and Dr. Tamás Magyarics, Ambassador for Ireland to the Buddy Bear Trust.


Buddy Bear Trust Conductive Education School is a small school serving the whole community of Northern Ireland by providing specialist and tailored education for children with cerebral palsy and gross motor disorders.  Conductive Education originated in the PETO Institute in Hungary, Ambassadors Péter Szabadhegy and Dr. Tamás Magyarics were very interested in the progress children are making with the support of Buddy Bear Trust.


Péter and Tamás’ visit was a very exciting and unique experience as it is highly unusual for two Ambassadors to visit anywhere at once, let alone a small Independent School in Dungannon!


Buddy Bear Trust was filled to capacity with people, all of whom wanted the opportunity to talk to the Ambassadors, it was also a great opportunity for everyone to explore the school, chat with the children and parents and see first-hand the success that these children have achieved.


The Ambassadors also took the time to talk to local school children from The Academy, Dungannon and St. Patrick's, Dungannon, along with South West College students about their studies and the great fundraising that they all do for the Buddy Bear Trust.


The local business community turned out in force to show their continued support for the Buddy Bear Trust with representatives from Tesco, Irwins, Almac, Moy Park and many other companies. Also in attendance were representatives from the G.A.A and the Belfast Grand Master of The Orange Order George Chiddock, who have shown tremendous support to the Buddy Bear Trust and to each individual child.


Dungannon Council also played a key role in the event, the Mayor talked at length with the Ambassadors and the Council also kindly provided and served the wonderful meal for the occasion.


Péter and Tamás prasied Ildiko Veres (Principal Conductor of The Buddy Bear Trust) for her support, work and dedication to the children and Conductive Education, as they could clearly see the evidence that this method of teaching not only works but enables children with cerebral palsy to have a better quality of life.


As the event drew to a close, the Chairman of Buddy Bear Trust, Brendan McConville, presented each Ambassador with one of his own paintings.  Péter and Tamás signed the 'Triangle of Hope' before departing to continue with other engagements in Northern Ireland.


A tremendous day was had by all.

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