The Year 14 Class of 1995 returned to their Alma Mater on Saturday to meet up with old friends and pay a very special tribute to a much loved classmate who passed away while in Year 14, Mark Quinn RIP. While the gathering served as a reunion, there was also a focus on raising awareness of positive mental health and all funds raised from the event, which exceeded £1200, were donated to The Edge - a Ballynahinch based charity.
The afternoon began with a children’s match between Ballynahinch Olympic and a Red High select squad, largely composed of children of the 1995 alumni, and ended with a prayer service and refreshments in the Miguel Centre.
On the 25th Anniversary of Mark’s death, his classmates were joined by Mark’s Mum and sisters and other family members for the Mark Quinn Memorial Inter-house Football Blitz. Wearing specially designed jerseys in their old house colours, Down claimed the bragging rights, defeating Quoile in the final on penalties! The Mark Quinn Memorial Inter-house Trophy was presented to the victorious Down team by Mark’s Mum, Peg, who in turn accepted a jersey, signed by Mark’s classmates.
Many thanks to the Class of ‘95 for participating in what was a wonderful celebration of Mark’s life. Thanks also to Bargainland for sponsoring the hotly contested MOTM trophies for each house, Linda Owens and ASDA for the wonderful refreshments, Peter Kirton for the photos and Mr McCann for delivering the prayer service at the Reflection Area. However, a very special thank you must go to Art Kernan and his team for organising such an uplifting and meaningful event in memory of Mark. Well done everybody!
If you would like to help the Class of 1995 reach their fundraising target, please visit the site below: