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I had the pleasure of meeting the beautiful Midday Ladies today. I was on the TV3 program discussing my marathon challenge for Childline and the extra obstacles I face.

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Sinead and John O'Regan

I had the pleasure of meeting ultra-runner John O’regan this evening in the Aisling Hotel in Dublin to get advice about my forthcoming marathon challenge for Childline.

John is a widely experienced ultra runner having participated in the North Pole Marathon and Antarctic Ice Marathon, the Celtic 100k, the Everest Marathon, the Marathon des Sables, the Inca Trail Marathon (co-1st) and the Yukon Arctic Ultra of 100 miles (1st). For added variety, John has raced up the steps of the Empire State Building in New York. In 2010, John competed in the World 24-Hour Championships having qualified when running a distance of  220.021km, or 136.7 miles, at Tooting Bec, London in October 2009. He was also part of the Irish team at the 2010 World 100km Championships and succesfully completed the Spartathlon in Greece. He subsequently represented Ireland at the 2011 Anglo Celtic Plate, World Trail Championships and World 100km Chmpionships. He was also the Irish 24-Hour running champion in both 2011 and 2012 and part of the Irish team that finished 6th at the 100km World Championships in April 2012. You can read his blog at http://johnoregan.blogspot.com/.

Running with Marion Lyons, President of St. Finbarr’s running club (www.stfinbarrsac.com) in Cork has really boosted my confidence to run in the Flora Women’s Mini-Marathon in Dublin on Monday. Marion is an ex-international runner and has represented Ireland on the Irish squad. She has over 40 years experience of running. I feel so privileged to train and run with her. A huge thank you to St. Finbarr’s running club for being so kind, caring and open-minded. Looking forward to running with Marion on Monday 4th of June and having fun. It is all in aid of such a worthy cause namely Childvision – the national resource centre for blind and visually impaired kids. If you wish to sponsor me go to http://www.mycharity.ie/event/childvision_wmm2012/

 

 

 

Making things happen – Having Ablevision

In your quest to find a job have you considered doing voluntary work or even setting up your own not for profit organisation? To do any of these takes commitment and hard work. Making things happen and becoming involved in projects in our society helps to get Ireland back working.

An example of people who are making things happen in Irish society is John Delany and Michael O Dowd among other supporters.  John is an entrepreneur and advocate of rights for the disabled, who himself has a special needs daughter. Michael who also has a special needs son is a local councillor and advocate for the rights of people with intellectual disability. Together they have co-founded: ‘Ablevision Ireland.’ This is an exciting new not for profit organisation in Ireland. Its aim is to enable people with intellectual disabilities to participate on media studies courses in order to learn about making television and radio programmes. The students with the intellectual disabilities buddy up with their friends on media studies courses to learn and produce television and radio programmes for broadcast that will be made by and for people with intellectual disabilities.

Ablevision Ireland is partly based on an award-winning, Boston based, US project of the same name. Ablevision in Americais a division of the Triangle Organisation.  Triangle was founded in 1971 by a small group of individuals who believed that people with disabilities could learn to lead more independent and dignified lives. Alicia Carbone, Executive Producer with Ablevision in the U.S., has said of the Irish project “We are extremely flattered and honoured that you want to expand Ablevision’s mission of empowering people with disabilities. We love what you are doing and are very impressed with what you have accomplished over the past few months. It’s very exciting!” Ablevision Irelandhopes to work closely with their American colleagues to spread the aims, objectives and ethos of Ablevision throughout Irelandand to gain from them the valuable experience of running such a project.

Ablevision Ireland will offer participants access to state-of-the-art digital technology and teaching  resources.  It hopes to run 10 programmes over the next year in various colleges acrossIreland.  The programme is designed to be as open as possible to people of any ability and participants will be sourced from various service providers in the Intellectual Disabilities sector.

The half day, two week long, courses will result in a television or radio programme being produced which will be available on the Ablevision Ireland website www.ablevisionireland.com. The content will be decided by the participants in consultation with their course provider.  This could include interviews, documentaries or film shorts.  Certificates of achievement will be awarded to each participant at the end of each two week programme to mark their achievement in the field. Ablevision Ireland then hopes to hold their own” Oscar” style ceremonies at the end of each yearly cycle with prizes awarded for best interview, best production, best presenter etc.

The programmes will also be offered to various broadcasters including RTE, TV3, Sky 201 and radio stations. They will also be uploaded onto Ablevision Ireland Facebook page and YouTube.

Ablevision Ireland was featured on RTE’s very popular “Nationwide” programme.  It proved to be a great success with both participants and viewers.

It is a very exciting time for Ablevision Ireland as they have just opened their new offices in West Street, Droghedain the Drogheda Local Heroes Hub.  Should you wish to learn more about Ablevision Ireland or volunteer then go onto their www.ablevisionireland.com, or you can contact Eamonn by phone at their Drogheda Office on 041-9807028. 

It is projects like: ‘Ablevision Ireland’ and people like this that I respect. People who are out their giving commitment, time, energy and passions to issues they believe in. We can all volunteer in some way to society and we can all set up a not-profit organisation if we give the hard work and commitment.

I am running the Dublin mini-marathon on the 4th of June 2012 for the organisation Childvision. I have ditched my high heels for runners to raise money for blind children.

If you would like to join me and run, skip or walk on behalf of ChildVision on Monday the 4th of June just call 01 837 3635 or email fundraising@childvision.ie

If you would like to sponsor me for this marathon then please see the mycharity page which has been set up.

http://www.mycharity.ie/event/childvision_wmm2012/

Childvision is the ONLY school inIrelandfor the education and training of blind and vision impaired children. It acts as a national resource on the education and training of the blind or vision impaired child for parents, educators and healthcare professionals alike.

Childvision has been providing education and training at their campus in Drumcondra,Dublinsince 1859 and in 2009 they celebrated our 150th Anniversary. Childvision students range in age from birth through to young adulthood. Some have additional learning and/or physical disabilities.

Students attending the school come from all parts ofIrelandand for those who due to geographical location cannot attend each week childvision offers an outreach service via their Family Resource Centre. Through an annual Calendar of events it offers training, social activities and Summer Camps at weekends and during school holidays for children, families and professionals in the field of vision impairment.

Childvision Mobile Resource Unit, equipped with the latest in technology and aids for the visually impaired plus information leaflets etc. travels the country bringing their service to schools, hospitals and health centres.

Well that’s all for now. Will post another blog post soon.

Sinead

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