Donegal teacher’s 145km walk home inspired by late uncle

first_imgDonegal teacher Elaine McConnell has been inspired by her late uncle to take on a mighty adventure this week with her beloved pooch Lucy.Elaine will be pushing herself to the limit as she takes part in a solo 145km three-day ‘Home to Home’ fundraising walk from Belfast to St Johnston in Donegal.The challenge, which begins this Friday, aims to raise awareness and much-needed funds for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the Alzheimer’s Society in Northern Ireland. Elaine works as a behaviour support teacher in Longstone Special School in Dundonald, Belfast. She will be leaving her home in East Belfast at 7.00am on Friday, 5th July and plans to arrive in her family home for a special barbecue with family and friends in St Johnston, Co Donegal on Sunday evening, 7th July. Her canine companion Lucy will be keeping her company during the cross-border trip.Elaine McConnell and her dog LucyDementia is very close to Elaine’s heart and she was inspired to organise this solo adventure by her uncle, Bill McVitty, who lived with dementia for 10 years. Bill was always trying to ‘go home’ which is where the idea of ‘Home to Home’ came from. Bill sadly passed away in May after being cared for at home by his wife, Doreen, for many years.Elaine now wants to complete the challenging walk in Bill’s memory. Elaine will be joined by friends and family members at various points along the way and she is encouraging others to follow her progress on social media or make a donation online (click here to donate) All the money raised will be split evenly between The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the Alzheimer’s Society in Northern Ireland.Elaine said: “Dementia is a cause close to the heart of my family and many others. I have witnessed how devastating and heart-breaking this condition can be on a family. My uncle Bill had dementia and we were all impacted by his journey with the condition so I am going to do this for him, his family and everyone else out there who is affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.“I am really looking forward to raising awareness and funds for these great charities north and south of the border to show people who are caring for people with dementia in particular that there is support out there and to raise the importance of people talking and seeking help and advice. I also want to highlight the issue of caring for the carer who do so much work and are heroes in our own communities.”Elaine McConnell and her dog LucyElaine added: “The generosity and support that I have received so far from family, friends, colleagues and members of the public has been fantastic. Little things like people offering their support, leaving messages, people making donations both large and small and even the offering of services and company during the walk has been absolutely phenomenal. I have been taken aback by the reaction to this walk and the public’s support.”The teacher has been taken aback by the support that she has received so far – with one hotel, the O’Neill Arms Country House Hotel in Toomebridge in Antrim, offering a free stay for her first night on the road. Graham/Farrans Construction Joint Venture has gone out of their way to allow Elaine access to the site of their almost completed 7.3km of new A6 dual carriageway that will allow Elaine to walk safely, traffic free from Randalstown to the Toomebridge bypass and Charles Hurst, Belfast have generously donated a minibus for three days to act as a support vehicle that can transport any volunteer walkers back to their cars if they have joined Elaine for a stretch.The Alzheimer Society of Ireland provides numerous services to help the 2,000 people with dementia and their families in Donegal including Day Care, Social Clubs, Alzheimer Cafes and Home Care and also has an active Donegal Branch Office. Full details on www.alzheimer.ieMembers of the public can make online donation to Elaine HERE.Donegal teacher’s 145km walk home inspired by late uncle was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Alzheimer’s Societyelaine mcconnellhome to homeThe Alzheimer Society of Irelandlast_img read more

Ferndale football falls 34-7 to El Dorado in Wildcats’ 2016 season opener

first_imgFERNDALE >> Injuries might have changed El Dorado’s plans on offense, but it also provided an opportunity for one of the Cougars’ backups to run wild in the Cream City.It only seemed fitting with the Humboldt County Fair going on simultaneously just a few feet away.Senior running back Rhogin Youngblood, the Cougars’ usual short-yardage specialist, ran for 194 yards on 22 carries and scored four touchdowns as El Dorado (Placerville) recorded a 34-7 season-opening win over Ferndale on Saturday …last_img read more

Photos: Former A’s star Mark Ellis selling Arizona mansion

first_imgFormer Oakland A’s second baseman Mark Ellis is selling his Scottsdale, Ariz. mansion for $7.95 million, reports Realtor.com.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The six-bedroom, nine-bath estate spans 9,771 square feet in the exclusive North Scottsdale community of Silverleaf. It features a master bath with outdoor shower, a basement equipped with a batting cage and rock climbing wall, and a pool/spa, among many other amenities.Lisa Westcott with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International …last_img read more

Chase Center’s new food choices for Warriors games, concerts

first_imgSan Francisco’s Chase Center, which will open in September for concerts and soon after for the Warriors’ return to the city, on Tuesday announced new restaurants joining the center and a head of culinary operations.Bay Area-based Tin Pot Creamery and La Corneta Taqueria will be part of what’s called the “Taste Makers” lineup, center officials said.Tin Pot was founded by a former Facebook pastry chef, Becky Sunseri, who turned her lifelong passion for ice cream into a business. She’s known for …last_img read more

SKA awards bursaries to five matriculants

first_img15 January 2016Five matriculants from the small rural town of Carnarvon who did particularly well in maths and science in their final National Senior Certificate exams at the end of 2015 are setting off for university in the coming days, armed with full bursaries from the Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA).Carnarvon, in Northern Cape, is a remote town. It is the closest inhabited place to where the SKA SA radio telescope is being built. The global technology project, with operations in South Africa and Australia, is tasked with mapping the universe. It is an important addition to the town’s economy. Most of the construction is being done on-site and it is providing employment for the area’s citizens and a much- needed economic boost for the town.The project has always strived to give back to the community for allowing the operation and its people to become part of the community, says Lorenzo Raynard, SKA SA communications manager. The bursary initiative, part of the SKA SA Human Capital Development Programme, was started in 2005 and already has helped more than 730 pupils to study in the science and engineering fields at tertiary institutions.#SKAnews Local high school students to receive full university bursary from @SKA_Africa! https://t.co/sgWvHy1Qch pic.twitter.com/dGP2X6DMV2— SquareKilometreArray (@SKA_telescope) January 12, 2016This year, five 2015 matriculants from the local Carnarvon High School have the opportunity to continue their studies in science-related fields thanks to bursaries offered through the programme.The students – Anver Adams, Janethon de Klerk, Kyle Henderson, Cedwill Abdol and Bradley Bosman – all performed well in mathematics and physical science in their final exams, and want to study for Bachelor’s degrees in computer and data science, electrical engineering and physics at various universities around South Africa.“Our goal is to ensure sustainability for the SKA and that site engineers be drawn from the local community,” SKA SA project director Dr Rob Adam said in a statement released on 8 January. “In turn (we want to) provide a way for local young people to achieve their dreams of greatness through science. (This is) the first time learners from the school with support from SKA SA, have obtained matric results with exemptions to further their studies in science related fields.”Itumeleng Molefi, the physical science teacher at the school, cannot be more proud of his students’ achievements. He said some of the learners came from severely challenging backgrounds. “It is only through their own perseverance and determination that they have succeeded.”The students, together with their teachers, as well as with some knowledge and assistance from SKA SA employees, made the effort and worked hard to pass their final exams in November and December 2015 and are now looking forward to starting their new learning journeys.@SKA_Africa gives bursaries 2 five Carnarvon matric learners who obtained exemption. #MatricResults #Matric2015 pic.twitter.com/IsFWh3SrCP— lebotshangela (@lebotshangela) January 9, 2016Bosman has applied to study for a Bachelor’s degree at the University of the Free State. He said he was glad he made the effort to persevere during the year. “It was very difficult at times because we did not have a science teacher in Grade 10. From Grade 11 onwards it was much easier after Mr Molefi joined the school.”Abdol wants to excel in computer science, starting at the University of the Free State. “It is a great privilege for me to have this opportunity,” he said of his achievement. “I am thankful for all the support that I had. I would like to improve my circumstances and will do anything to achieve my dreams.”Henderson was the 2015 head boy at Carnarvon High School, and will be a first year student at North West University this year, studying physics and mathematics. He made special mention of SKA SA in inspiring him to perform well, saying that “my matric year was made easier knowing that I had the support of SKA. (The reward of getting the bursary) motivated me to study harder and put in more effort. I am looking forward to my future because I know that I have excellent privileges and opportunities.”De Klerk, the 2015 Carnarvon head girl, said she was incredibly motivated by the presence of SKA in the town, with its bursary opportunity inspiring her to work even harder for her university degree. “What you put in is what you will gain and I want to work much harder because I do not want to disappoint my sponsors and support team.” She hoped to start her Bachelor’s degree at the University of the Free State. She plans to study science, specialising in astronomy, which might mean she may find herself working with her bursary sponsor sometime in the future.In addition to being a star player in the school’s first rugby team, Adams aced his final exams and now looks forward to going to the University of the Western Cape to start his science degree. “I knew that I had to put in all my effort and pass and the rest will be taken care of (by SKA SA). I am proud of my achievements and look forward to the future,” he said.SKA SA is proud of the Carnarvon five’s success and determination, says Sam Rametse, the professional officer: schools and outreach for the SKA SA Human Capital Development Programme.“We are reaping the benefits of appointing a science educator at Carnarvon High School who took the learners from Carnarvon and surrounding areas under his wing. It is due to his hard work that we see this success and we look forward to supporting the students in their further studies.”Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

No government presence in 73 panchayats in Sukma dt.

first_imgThe Sukma administration in Chattisgarh has flagged to the Home Ministry that half the village panchayats are “no-go areas” due to security concerns.The Centre has been informed that there is no government presence in 73 of the 145 gram panchayats.NITI Aayog projectSukma, one of the 115 “aspirational districts” selected by the NITI Aayog for transforming the health and social indicators, is among the worst of the Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected areas.Ten districts of Chattisgarh are being covered under the programme, of which nine face LWE.Last week, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh presided over a meeting in Raipur to discuss the project.Sukma Collector Jai Prakash Maurya told The Hindu that security was the only issue in his district. “My district is the worst-affected and without security, we cannot do any construction or development work. There are around 15,000 security personnel deployed here,” he said.No roads, electrificationThe Home Ministry was also informed that there were at least 220 roads in Sukma, sanctioned by the State, where no construction could take place.“The same is the case with rural electrification. There are around 28,000 households that are yet to be connected to the electricity grid,” the Ministry was informed.Mr. Maurya said he had sent a proposal to the State government to reopen around 120 schools that have remained shut for more than a decade.“During the interaction [with the Home Minister], the success achieved in aggressive operations in the core area of the CPI (Maoist) was highlighted. The security grid has been stabilised and deployments have been extended to no-go areas. Significant inter-State cooperation has resulted in numerous successful operations, particularly with Telangana, and there has been a perceptible improvement in the coordination between the State police and Central forces,” said a note prepared by the Home Ministry after Mr. Singh’s meeting.last_img read more