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The Rotary Club of Banbridge was overwhelmed with the response from local businesses & residents to the BEST BIG BREAKFAST event held in the Belmont Hotel Banbridge. Rugby International Rory Best was star of the show at the fund raising breakfast, the proceeds of which will support Rotary Foundation and local charities that include Tinylife, Order of Malta, Special Olympics, Bothar and ‘Thanks for Life’.

Rotary President Gerry McElvogue praised Rory for agreeing to host such an event in conjunction with the Rotary club for local people to have the opportunity to hear all the stories from the World Cup and have a photo taken with such an amazing ambassador for sport and for the Banbridge District.

' It is important that we recognise the wonderful resources we have in the district, the support of high profile people like Rory Best is essential to keep Banbridge on the map and raise money to help reduce deprivation here and abroad and of course have fun'!

Gene Fitzpatrick local comedian and honorary Rotarian also gave of his time to bring much needed humour to the proceedings, and Mark Orr QC, AKA Michael Parkinson, stepped into interview mode with ease, and used his powers of persuasion to dig deep and help Rory ‘spill the beans’.

Commenting, Upper Bann Ulster Unionist MLA Jo-Anne Dobson said: “It was wonderful to see so much support for this worthy cause – I was delighted to attend and join the hundreds of people who had turned up to meet Rory and to support the Banbridge Rotary Club. Charities such as the Rotary Foundation are vital in promoting understanding, goodwill and peace across the world and also working towards the improvement of health and education as well as the alleviation of poverty.

“I commend Rotarians, local business and individuals that supported this event which truly was The ‘Best Breakfast’ ever.”

The event was sponsored by:
Mooney Media
Bann Taxis
Donaghy’s Shoes
Belmont Hotel.