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Singing all the way and dancing in the street

‘Feel good’ factor rides very high at the Order of Malta’s International Summer Camp for Young Disabled

County Kildare, 13 August 2013

Singing all the way with the Lebanese

Singing all the way with the Lebanese

After the frenetic activities of recent days, the midweek day of each camp is always an offsite visit with the full complement of guests, volunteers and helpers. ‘Dublin Day’ has been no exception.

In three large Pullman buses, 12 specially adapted ambulance buses and an assortment of cars and extra medical mobile vehicles the convoy set off, bound for the big city, and singing all the way.

Dancing in the street

Dancing in the street with the Poles

The day spun away

With a picnic at Dublin Castle, sightseeing tours of the town, a visit to Trinity College and a little retail therapy in Grafton Street where the Polish group found a traditional band and danced their way up the street, as the day spun away. All too soon wheelchairs were stacked back on the buses, and tired but happy campers turned homewards to Clongowes and supper and another night of partying and fun – this time with the much anticipated ‘International night’, where the different country teams set up stalls offering their national dishes and beverages. 

The day fades into dreams

The day fades into dreams

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Photos: Julian Andrews

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