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Clanrye Group of Gardeners off to London

A team of 10 young people from the Clanrye Group will compete in the UK final of a national money management competition at the London O2. The team of trainees aged 18 to 23 were the People’s Prize winner at the recent Northern Ireland final of the Money for Life Challenge – a national competition launched to inspire better money management skills in local communities across the UK  – held in Stormont and now to take their project ‘Micro Gardening With Herbs’ to London. As part of this project the team combined their numeracy and horticultural training to produce microgardens using recycled pallets which could then be distributed to people in the community that may not have a garden of their own, and it was this commitment to improve not only their own money management skills but also those of friends families and their local community which won the audience over. The team travelling to London includes Gerard McElvanna, Jason Frazer, Robert Armstrong, Kerry Johnston, Sean Lively, Myles Wright, Jordan Hazzard, Hannah Wilson, Shannon Laffin and Matthew Nesbitt. Mathew said: “I really enjoyed taking part in the Money For Life challenge and it’s amazing to get through to the UK Grand Final. I was responsible for resources so it was good experience for me when I start work. We are so excited and we can’t wait to meet the judges and other teams.” The team’s sponsor George Moffett a tutor at the Clanrye Group added: “They have learned so much about the importance of budgeting and the importance of careful money management in a fun and practical setting. They deserve to be celebrated in May when up against the three other nations and I’ve got my fingers crossed for them!”


Newry Reporter

14th May 2014