A full house of almost 100 ladies turned up to ‘Press for Progress’ at the Council’s first International Women’s Day event at Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House last week.
The event, which was organised by Mid Ulster District Council and hosted by the Chair, Councillor Kim Ashton, took place on Monday 5th March and all money raised went to the Air Ambulance NI. A further sold out event also took place at the Bridewell, Magherafelt on Wednesday 7th March.
MC for the night was the Hub Cookstown’s Carol Doey and the guest speakers for the evening were Karen Farquhar and Billy Dixon. Karen shared her very personal and moving story on how Air Ambulance NI saved her husband Ryan’s life following a serious motorcycle accident and Billy shared his secrets on how to build self-confidence to portray a positive personal image.
Guests also enjoyed a non-alcoholic drinks reception, refreshments, a raffle and they each received an impressive goodie bag!
Speaking at the event Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton said; “It is very fitting that this year marks 100 years since women’s relentless struggle saw them finally win the right to vote. We need to keep pushing forward and keep the spirit of these brave women alive.
“With such intelligent and talented woman here in Mid Ulster, it’s important to recognise one another, and as this year’s theme states, ‘Press for Progress’! I am delighted that these events have given us the opportunity to raise vital funds for Air Ambulance NI- such a worthy and life-saving charity operating all over Northern Ireland.
“I would like to extend a special thanks to all those who have so generously supported tonight’s event either by buying a ticket, participating in the raffle or donating straight to the Air Ambulance NI. The money raised will make a real difference. I would also like to thank our local businesses for their support and particularly those that so kindly donated products for the fabulous goodie bags.”
Kerry Anderson, Head of Fundraising for Air Ambulance NI added, “On behalf of Air Ambulance NI I would like to thank Mid Ulster District Council for supporting our charity so passionately over the last few months. It has been incredible for us to share International Women’s Day with the Council as it has enabled us to not only raise awareness of our service to local women, but to raise vital funds as well.”
If you were unable to attend the event but would still like to donate to the charity, you can do so through the Air Ambulance NI website at: www.airambulanceni.org.
The Council wishes to acknowledge the support of local businesses and particularly those that so kindly donated products for the goodie bags. These were: Rocwell Water, Gordons Chemist, MediCare Pharmacy Group, Local Women Magazine and Mauds Parlour.