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Charity to benefit from CSNI Cricket Club fundraiser

David Morton

Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (CSNI) recently held their annual club fundraiser and charity event at Drumbo Park, Lisburn, with 'A Night at the Dogs'.

The evening proved hugely successful with guests treated to excellent food along with the entertainment of the dog racing. Guests had the chance to win great prizes in the silent auction and raffle, such as a Dubai / Abu Dhabi holiday, sponsored by Chaka Travel or signed Cricket Ireland and Ulster Rugby shirts and also a Rory McIlroy signed flag.

There was also some eye catching jewellery from John H Lunn Jewellers and Malcolms Jewellers to catch the ladies attention.

Pictured right at the CSNI fundraiser are (l-r): Angie McEwan, Abbey Bond Lovis, Ivan McMinn, Club Chairman, Mark Mairais, Chaka Travel and Andrew Cowden, Club Captain.

Due to the success of the night the Club are making charity the real winner by making sizeable donations totalling £4,000 to local charities with £1,000 going to each of Pancreatic Cancer Research NI, Macmillan Cancer Support, Sport Changes Life and Cancer Focus.

Club Chairman Ivan McMinn said: "We had a superb evening at it was wonderful to see Drumbo packed with over 350 players and supporters of our Club.

"Our thanks go to everyone who supported our event and in particular to the corporate supporters and sponsors who came along and specifically Abbey Bond Lovis who were our main sponsors on the evening.

"We were very pleased with the overall result and because of the event's success, it is very pleasing to be able to support the fantastic work of Pancreatic Cancer Research NI, Macmillan Cancer Support, Sport Changes Life and Cancer Focus with sizeable donations."

The club now looks forward to another successful season in the Northern Cricket Union's Premier League which saw them win the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup in 2016.

CSNI will running a number of youth and ladies cricket events during the summer, with further details on the club website, www.csnicc.com, in due course.

Photos from the evening can be viewed on the Club's Facebook page at: http://ow.ly/p03230avBkT