Date: 01 Oct 2018
Belfast Zoo opened its doors on the evening of Friday 14 September for Dreamnight!
Dreamnight at the zoo is a special charity event that is held globally and hosted by over 300 zoos across 35 countries. Dreamnight at Belfast Zoo allows families from across Northern Ireland, who are living with chronic illnesses or disabilities, to enjoy a memorable evening together which may not happen too often when a member of the family is unwell. A total of 270 families from the Cancer Fund for Children, Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and the Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children were invited to enjoy this special evening.
This annual event was organised in partnership with the PSNI and was officially opened by the deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown.
The families enjoyed some ‘zooper’ VIP activities including the chance to feed the giraffes, meet the reptiles, feed the chimpanzees and to enjoy a range of family-friendly entertainments. A variety of sponsors donated their goods and services in-kind to this worthy annual event, including Rebel Legion Ireland, Amadeus, Funky Monkeys, HB, Henderson Group, East Antrim Old Vehicle Cavalcade, Keoghs Crisps, Apache Pizza, CC Hellenic, Jubilee Veterinary Centre and many more.
Gareth Beattie, Cancer Fund for Children said “Cancer Fund for Children is once again privileged to work alongside Belfast Zoo at its annual Dreamnight event. It provided a special time for our families away from hospitals and treatments where they had the opportunity to do everything from feeding giraffes and chimpanzees to dressing up as firemen and getting to use the hose.”
Zoo manager, Alyn Cairns, said “Dreamnight usually takes place in the first week of June but, unfortunately, this year we had to re-schedule the event due to severe weather warnings that were in place on the original date. We were delighted to welcome the families to the zoo and to see them enjoying some quality time together. Dreamnight would not be possible without the generosity of all the local companies and volunteers who donate their time, products and services. Belfast Zoo would like to thank all those who contributed to creating a magical evening for the children and their families.”