The Michaela Foundation has recently launched 'The Wing Awards' - a brilliant new initiative to recognise 11-24 year old who are motivators within their local community.
So if you know someone who ticks any of these boxes 👇🏻get nominating and celebrate those who are determined to fly: ✅
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO…...
- Has went above and beyond for their local sports/music/drama group
-Sacrifices their time to help with youth/church/elderly
-Works tirelessly to fundraise
-Is a young carer
-Inspires others to get involved within their community
-Shines in a particular area
-Has overcome adversity
We at Michaela Foundation are delighted to bring you our new initiative…the Wings Awards!
Celebrating those determined to fly.
“Awarding young people who are mo...tivators within their local community.”
The Wings Awards are open to young people in Ireland, male or female aged from 11-24 and each recipient will receive a bursary of £250.
For more information or to nominate a young person for this award please click on the link: http://bit.ly/2s6ns61
Please like and share to get this amazing opportunity out there!
Closing date for nominations: Friday 2nd March
Please support this donor drive (24th February in Newmills Presbyterian Church) if you can, which has been organised in support of local guy Keith Murphy (@leukaemia2lanzo), who urgently requires a lifesaving stem cell transplant.
You could have the power within you to give Keith and other blood cancer patients the precious gift of life, so please, please give consideration to donation ❤️And even if you can't make it along to a donor drive, you can become a lifesaver from th...e comfort of your own home - visit: www.dkms.org.uk to find out how.
Sending loadsa good wishes and heaps of positivity to Keith - I know that you'll kick cancer's ass bigtime very, very soon 💪🏻
They're missing it...
It's in our name...
...and one of our members needs it.
We shared with you all about a member of BST who has relapsed with Acute Myeloid... Leukaemia and who is now in need of a donor as he has no familial matches.
Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukaemia.
Only 1 in 3 will find a match within their family.
Will you consider joining the rest of the BST Family and signing up to DKMS?
Become a lifesaver, join the register!
Or register as a blood donor - One donation saves Three lives!
Follow Keith's story on
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to chat with the hugely inspirational Clodagh Dunlop #beatinglockedin. Many of you will be familiar with Clodagh's phenomenal journey of beating all the odds, by beating locked-in syndrome.
Clodagh will be recounting her extraordinary experiences at the upcoming and unmissable Belle of Mid-Ulster 'International Women's Day Conference' on Thursday 8th March and I'm very proud to be sharing a platform with her and another amazing local... lady - the brilliantly talented author Emma Heatherington.
Emma is a best-selling author, who has penned 10 novels and earlier this month she released her new novel 'A Part of Me and You' which I'm really looking forward to reading.
Emma's previous novel 'The Legacy of Lucy Harte' has received international acclaim. I can testify that it is an absolutely amazing read, which focuses on subject matters that
are close to my heart - organ donation, transplantation and the importance of celebrating the gift of life ❤️If you haven't already read it, make sure to get your hands on a copy of it, as it will have you crying tears of sorrow one minute and crying with laughter the next! I honestly couldn't put it down! 😊
It really is a massive honour for me to be sharing a stage with these two really remarkable and incredibly inspirational ladies and I know that it'll be another highlight of my Belle of Mid-Ulster reign.
Clodagh, Emma and myself will be speaking about 'The Resilience of Women' - a subject that's certainly very personal to the three of us - so please, please join us if you can 💕💕💕
The conference is free to attend (but pre-booking is essential) and takes place in the wonderful surroundings of the Seamus Heaney HomePlace Centre in Bellaghy.
You can register online via this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-womens-day-con…
Looking forward to seeing some of you there xxx
As 2017 draws to a close, I just want to wish you all a wonderful, bright and shiny new year - may the next 365 days bring you many, many wonderful blessings of great happiness and the very best of health. 💫
It has definitely been a memorable and action-packed year for me. I've enjoyed many amazing and happy highlights - from becoming the Belle of Mid-Ulster, to completing another half-marathon, to living life without limits with the Michaela Foundation, to participating in m...y third British Transplant Games. Here's to many more adventures in 2018! 🌟
My most heartfelt thanks to my family and to old friends and new, for making 2017 so special for me, I massively appreciate all your love, laughter, support and encouragement. 💛
I am also extremely grateful that my health has continued to soar throughout this year and in so many ways is better than ever. I know how extremely blessed I am and I'm always aware of those who haven't been as lucky as I have been - they are my inspirations. ❤️
For those who are going through challenges in life right now, I sincerely hope, with all my heart that there are brighter days ahead for you in 2018- please never give up and may you always carry hope in your hearts too. ❤️❤️❤️
If any of you are stuck for New Years resolutions, please have a think about becoming a donor. By donating your blood, your stem cells and your organs, you can truly transform someone's life, so that they can have many happy New Years ahead. 🌻
Here's to a brilliant 2018 ahead for us all - let's keep celebrating life as best we can 🌟Thanks again everyone for all of your support 😘xxx
Sending loadsa good wishes to you all for a very happy and really healthy Christmas ❤️💚Thanks soooo much for all your support, friendship and kindness throughout the year! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟xxx
We're really excited about our new animation that explains everything you need to know about being a stem cell donor.
From finding out you're a match, to donation itself, this video covers it.
If you like our video too, spread the word - give it your likes, comments and shares 👍❤️
This promises to be a really lovely and very special event in Cookstown tomorrow night, so if you're around please come along, follow that star and discover the real meaning of Christmas. 🌟
If you joined us last year for our live nativity you will know what a special evening it was and I'm sure you will join us again, and if you didn't, we welcome ...you to come experience this beautiful event with us. Christmas can be such a busy time of year for families with a lot of financial pressures, here at The Hub we wanted to bring you The Christmas Story in a very special way. Mary and Joseph will be making their way towards the crib from blacks shoe shop and the shepherds, wise men and animals will be travelling from Fairhill. Join us along the procession route as we make our way to the crib outside The Hub, with our very own Hub choir carol singing and our volunteers serving free hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows to keep you warm.
It was brilliant and really heartening to read this article in today's Irish News about the hard work being carried out by the amazing Belfast Marrow volunteers to raise awareness of stem-cell transplants and the urgent need for new donors.
Thanks very much to Irish News for this article about our work. They spoke to two of our members, Community Rep Ryan McGeough and last year's president Amy Devl...in, to find out about what we do and how the stem cell register works.
Joining the register is now even simpler than before - it just involves filling in an application form and doing a quick cheek swab. Fingers crossed that today's article might help encourage a few more local young people to become potential lifesavers 💙
This is such a heartbreaking story about an amazing wee girl, who has left an incredible legacy 💔❤️#GiftOfLife
Such a lovely family and the way they have dealt with 12-year-old Rebecca's death is inspiring.
Let's see how much we can help them raise for the Belfast ICU where she took her last breath
The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service is urgently appealing for blood donors - please give if you can ❤️
Urgent: Blood stocks are low in O+ A+ O- and A-
Please try to donate today at 1st Presbyterian Church Hall, Randalstown 14:30-16:00 & 17:15-20:00 or St Macartin...s Hall, Enniskillen 13:30-16:00 & 17:15-20:00.
Remember HQ is closed today for essential maintenance.
#giveblood #savelives #1giving3living
Friends of the Cancer Centre is holding a street collection in Cookstown on Saturday 25th November from 10am - 4pm.
If any of you would have a spare hour to help out with the collection, I know that your support would be greatly appreciated. Please check out the details below to find out how you can get involved. 💛
Friends of the Cancer Centre is an amazing charity that's doing a lot of vital and valuable work to help cancer patients and their families in practical ways. I'...ve benefited first hand from their assistance and can vouch for all the good that they're doing, so please support them if you can.
Thanks everyone 💛💛💛
Volunteers needed: We will be holding a street collection in Cookstown on Saturday 25th November and we would love it if some of our wonderful supporters in the... area could lend a hand. If you have time to spare, even if it's just an hour, you will be making a real difference to the charity.
If you would like to get involved, give us a call on 028 9069 9393 or send us a message. Thank you.
I've a couple of things in common with The Queen...some days I get to wear my very own crown and every year, I get to have two birthdays!
Today, the 12th of the 11th, marks my 2nd birthday of 2017 - my very merry 5th rebirthday / stem cell transplantversary!
On this day in 2012, in Belfast City Hospital, I received a special batch of magical cells, from my supersister Brenda (thank you forever Brenda ❤️) which went on to save my life....
Five years later, I'm extremely lucky to find myself in a position where I can say that my health is thriving and I'm better than ever. I'm incredibly blessed and overwhelmingly grateful to have been given this second chance of life thanks to Brenda giving me the precious gift of life.
I'm living proof that donation works, so please, please give it consideration - I've included some important links below, so take some time out to check them out. You have the power to give people a second chance of life so that, for many years ahead, they can celebrate birthdays, mark rebirthdays and just revel in the everydays with their family and friends.
Thanks to all the incredible donors and donor families out there, you really are lifesaving superheroes ❤️
I can't put it into words how much I appreciate all the mountains of support, prayers, goodwill and positivity that have been sent my way over the last five years. The King graced my amazing birthday cake today (and it's quite possibly the only time he has ever appeared on a 5th birthday cake!), so in the words of the man himself...
Thank you very much! ❤️
And an extra big word of THANKS
to my fantastic family for making being 5 for the second time so extra special! ❤️💛💜💚💙xxx
(Ages 16-30) https://www.anthonynolan.org
Blood donation; http://www.nibts.org/canidonate.html
I had the honour of taking part in The Hub BT80's Summer Carnival in June and it really was an amazing, magical and fun-filled event!
To enable The Hub to bring their Carnival back bigger, better and even more spectacularly in 2018, they need your help to secure some much needed and well deserved funding. So please give back to them, by voting for them (10 times!) via the link below 👇🏻
Thanks everyone! 🎡 🌈🦄🦋🌻
COOKSTOWN SUMMER CARNIVAL 2018 NEEDS YOU!!
Vote For The Hub BT80!
We are determined to bring back Cookstown Summer Carnival in June 2018 and this funding would ...enable us to build on the successes of last year and provide a really great family event for everyone in our community and beyond!”
To get behind The Hub BT80 and help make a difference in your local community, visit https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/…/project/view/17-6099%20 and submit your vote before Monday 20th November 2017.
Remember that once you register you can vote up to 10 times!
💕Thannnnnks to everyone who kindly suppported the Belle of Mid-Ulster 'Divine Pink Evening' last Friday in support of Lilac Cancer.
I was truly humbled by the support of old friends and new, on the night and in the run up to it and I am really grateful to all of those who came along to the event and to those who lent a helping hand before, during and after it.
Thanks especially to the Belle committee for their ongoing support and for giving me yet another opportunity to try s...omething new and to keep celebrating life!
October marks breast cancer awareness month and a few incredible ladies have been firmly on my mind throughout this month. 💕I know they too were helping me out on Friday night in an extremely special way.
Lilac Cancer Support is doing lots of vital work across the Mid-Ulster area, so if you, or anyone you know could benefit from their services and their support, please check them out on Facebook or online at http://lilaccancer.org
Thanks again everyone for all your support xxx 💕
Big, big thanks to the ever supportive Annamay McNally for her coverage in the Dungannon Herald of tonight's Belle of Mid-Ulster 'Divine Pink Evening' in support of LiLAC.
The Dungannon Herald is a brilliant new, local newspaper, so please support it and help to keep our local media alive.
Thanks again Annamay 😘xxx