SHARON’S A WINNER!
Our Saol Beo service in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, now boasts a Special Olympics medal winner.
Sharon, one of the three people supported at Saol Beo, picked up two medals at the event in June 2018 and is rightly proud of her achievement.
Support worker Ciara registered as a Special Olympics Ireland volunteer to enable her to support Sharon to compete. They first attended training in Swinford, Co Mayo, where Sharon showed a great sense of pride and determination. Then it was on to the launch event in Athlone.
As the big day approached, complete with Special Olympics Ireland tracksuit and accommodation booked in a hotel of her own choosing, Sharon made her way to Dublin. On arrival, she was able to do some shopping and meet other people taking part in the Special Olympics.
Staff at the event complimented her on her determination and effort as she took part in 10 Pin Bowling and the Wheelchair Push. She was thrilled to come away with two medals, which now enjoy pride of place – together with her Special Olympics badge – on her Wall of Fame at home.
She often chats about her time at the Olympics and the day Positive Futures helped her achieve one of her hopes and dreams.
Sharon is pictured with our Chief Executive, Agnes Lunny.
A BIG THANK YOU FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Our Saol Beo Service in Manorhamilton has benefited from the generosity of the local community.
A Vintage Car and Tractor Run in the town, organised by the South Donegal Vintage and Heritage Club, raised an impressive €480 for our work. Staff Nurse Lorna Daly accepted the cheque on our behalf at an event in Ballyshannon. Other beneficiaries of the fundraising event were the North West Hospice and Arus Breffni Patients’ Comfort Fund.
Our thanks to everyone at the club for thinking of us.
Meanwhile, the Bee Park Community Centre in Manorhamilton has offered us the use of the centre for recreational and social activities – an offer which we’re delighted to take up.
It’s heartwarming that Saol Beo has become such an integral part of the community in such a relatively short time.