The Book 2020 Sponsorship

We have had a few requests for sponsorship and so are including a sponsors section! We have been given until Wed July 29th by our designers to gather sponsors for the book.

The Book 2020

We are so amazed by the volume of submissions and the personal stories shared. Thank you all so much. We’re now going through the selection process and getting ready to go to print.

The Book 2020 Open Call

Havin’ a Laugh charity is bringing out a book and we’d love for you to be involved. We are looking for your funny, uplifting and turning point stories, poems jokes, illustrations & photos. All Welcome!

Havin’ a Laugh wins Ocean Hero Beach Clean of the Year Award

We are delighted to announce that we have won the Ocean Hero Beach Clean of the Year Award for three Eco-adventures we ran in north Sligo this year. The adventures involved cleaning hard to reach stretches of coastline in north Sligo during Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean Weekend in September.  

The Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards are about honouring the invaluable contribution Ireland’s coastal communities have made towards conserving our spectacular coastline. Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas, and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of the Housing, Planning & Local Government and Fáilte Ireland.

Havin’ a Laugh has been registered as Clean Coasts group since 2014 and in that time have taken hosted numerous Eco-adventures and yoga on the beach activities during clean coasts week. Blaithin Sweeney the chairperson of the charity was delighted to win the award exclaiming “We Won!!! So elated to get this award. It isn’t always easy to keep the good work going but moments like these certainly lift our spirits. Thank you Clean Coasts for nominating us”.

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The eco-adventures were held on Sunday, 16th September with a group kayaking from Milk harbour north of Grange out to Dernish Island collecting 20 bags of rubbish, volunteers then went trail running on Streedagh beach while picking up litter also known as plogging, and finally, a team went horse riding to Trawluath beach and cleared a remote stretch of coastline. The most common litter items found during the clean-ups were, fishing debris and plastic bottles, lobster pots, ropes, plastic containers, and 20-gallon drums.

The event was organised by the Havin’ A Laugh charity and the following activity providers donated their time: Northwest Adventure Tours (Trailrunning), Fitness4All (Trailrunning), Sligo Kayak Tours (kayaking), Island View Riding stables (Horseriding) and Seastainability.

Eco-Adventure

On Sunday 16th September Havin’ a Laugh ran 3 Eco-Adventure events. Journeying to hard to reach stretches of coastline to pick up litter…

Coffee Morning in Pearse’s Barn

HAL barn coffee morning

Our Coffee Morning, Harvest & Garden Produce Sale held in Pearse’s Barn, Calry was an outstanding success generating over €1700 in donations.

The coffee morning, held on Sunday, 30th September last, was organised and hosted by Kathy Pearse and Jill Womack. They wanted to show support for Havin’ A Laugh as well as informing more people about the charity by running this event.

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Pearse’s Barn was built by Kathy’s late husband, he used authentic New England pine, and as you can see from the photo it’s an excellent piece of craftsmanship.

In fact, one person traveled all the way from Manorhamilton to the coffee morning in Calry to have a look at the barn, and no doubt they left suitably impressed.

There was plenty of delicious fare on offer during the coffee morning, and in addition to yummy cakes and coffee, there were also healthy vegetable baskets and fruit compotes fresh from the farm to be had.

Many thanks to everyone who donated items to the event and who and came out in big numbers to support it, with some stopping by to socialise after morning mass.

Eilis Needham gave generously of her time and entertained the crowd by giving a great performance on the harp.

Finally, we would like to also take this opportunity to thank the regular attendees and donators that come to our awareness and fundraising events.