Last month, mindless vandals damaged eyecatching cow sculptures at Lilian Bland Community Park in Glengormley and Sixmilewater Park in Ballyclare which were designed and decorated by local school children as part of a CAN Peace III CowParade project.
Whilst the sculptures were ruined, the vandals were unable to damage the positive cross-community relationships built between the children through the project.
Now the children have been invited to come together again and take on the role of ‘Dr Moolittle’ to ‘operate on’ the cows and have them back to full health at the first of the local ‘hospitals’ which will be established at the Abbeycentre this month.
The Abbeycentre has kindly agreed to offer space for a ‘cow hospital’ and whilst the children from Ashgrove and Glengormley Integrated primary schools who worked on ‘Miss Glen’ are encouraged to come help fix her, other children will also be welcome to go along and lend a hand.
‘Clare’ who was unfortunately left naked when vandals stole her patchwork blanket will also receive treatment from the Dr Moolittle gang at workshops which will be taking place over the next few weeks. Children from Tir Na Nog and Ballyclare primary schools who were devastated when their cow was destroyed will be able to go along and help Clare restore her modesty by making a new patchwork blanket.
Alison Keenan, Peace III Programme Co-Ordinator said: “It’s fantastic that the cows are being repaired and the children who helped to create them are being involved in the operation. The kids were devastated when their cows were destroyed by vandals and now they have the chance to work together to restore the cows to their former glory. The CAN PEACE III project was created to bring young people together through art and focuses on cross-community and shared space themes, so it’s great that the relationships which have been built among the children will be further strengthened through working together to repair the unfortunate cows.”
Whilst the cows were undoubtedly sad to be injured, they are sure to be mOOved by the kindness of the children who come to mend them.
The first workshop to repair ‘Miss Glen’ will be taking place at the Abbeycentre and details will follow on the venue for Clare’s ‘operation’. Keep checking www.newtownabbey.gov.uk/news for more information.