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International Women’s Day 2018

Join us to celebrate 'International Women's Day 2018' on Monday 5th March at Ranfurly House, Dungannon and  Wednesday 7th March in The Bridewell, Magherafelt. Compere at both events is Carol Doey.  Tickets £5 with all proceeds in aid of the Air Ambulance NI. 

If you can’t make it to the events but would still like to donate, you can do so through the Air Ambulance NI website at: www.airambulanceni.org.

Monday 5 March 2018 at 7.15pm
Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre, Dungannon- **Tickets now sold out**

Special guests Karen Farquhar will share her story on how the Air Ambulance NI saved her husband’s Ryan’s life following a serious motorcycle accident and Billy Dixon will share his secrets on how to build self-confidence to portray a positive personal image.

Book Online: https://dungannon.ticketsolve.com/shows/873585196  or call Box Office on 028 8772 8600

Wednesday 7 March 2018 at 7.15pm
The Bridewell, Magherafelt

Special guests Dr Janet Gray MBE, the world champion blind water-skier and Hannah Shields, the first woman from Northern Ireland to summit Mount Everest share their inspirational stories of how they reached their goals and dreams.

To book tickets call The Bridewell on 028 7963 1510.

Billy Dixon (Dungannon)

Billy specialises in helping people understand the impact of personal projection, motivational leadership & change. He has worked extensively in the political, corporate and media arenas and speaks regularly at conferences in Ireland, UK and Europe. As a recently published author, he has earned the reputation as a leader in personal marketing, coaching and image consultancy.

Karen Farquhar (Dungannon)

Karen is wife of road-racing star Ryan Farquhar. They have been married 14 years and have 2 beautiful daughters Keeley 13 and Mya 9. Ryan is now retired but you could definitely say they’ve lived their lives in the fast lane!

Karen worked in an estate agents in Cookstown for 10 years and loved it but when Ryan's career was beginning to get more serious in 2008 she decided to leave work so she could help him with some of the organising that went with his career.

From then family life pretty much revolved around road racing and following Ryan the length and breadth of the country lending our support. The family unit was shook in 2016 when Ryan was seriously injured in an accident. Following this near fatal accident the family has dedicated time to supporting and raising money for the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance- a charity very close to their hearts.

Karen and Ryan now run a race team with the 2 girls also playing a huge part. Karen is totally dedicated to her family and says they do everything together - her family is her life!

Dr. Janet Gray MBE (Magherafelt)

Janet’s life dramatically changed when she lost her sight to a very rare eye disease at the young age of 21. Being plunged into a world of darkness, Janet had to adjust to this new and terrifying existence and for a long time, it was a battle of sheer will and determination, until she discovered the sport of water skiing and life was totally transformed.

Janet reached the pinnacle of her sport and was crowned World Disabled Water Ski Champion on no less than four occasions and is World Record holder in all three disciplines of slalom, trick and jump. She was World Champion in 1999, 2001 and 2003.

Janet was dealt another blow in 2004, when an accident whilst winter training in Tampa, Florida, left her fighting for her life. Once again, Janet had to draw on her inner strength and determination, clinging tentatively to life and despite sustaining multiple serious injuries, she survived and went on to regain all her titles at the 2007 World Disabled Water ski Championships in Townsville, Australia.

The Janet Gray story is unique.  It is awe inspiring, truly motivational and yet, from her world of darkness, Janet shines the light of positivity on everyone she meets.

Hannah Shields (Magherafelt)

Living her life by the motto, ‘Limits Exist Only In Our Minds’, Hannah was the first woman from Northern Ireland to summit Mount Everest in May 2007, following a failed attempt in 2003 when due to frostbite injury she had to turn back just 100m from the summit. This achievement was reported widely in the media earning public statements of praise from political and community leaders.

Hannah began her career as a maxillofacial surgeon but now practices as a general dental practitioner, specialising in Orthodontics.

Climbing Everest wasn’t enough for Hannah, she is also the first woman from Northern Ireland to ski to the magnetic North Pole and was the recipient of the ‘Endeavour Award’ and honored by the Nepalise Ambassador as an ‘Honorary Goodwill Ambassador to Nepal’.

Now an avid runner and competitor of duathlons and triathlons, Hannah is an inspiration to many and an example of what can be achieved by sheer determination and by living your life without limits!


For more information on either event contact Julie Ann Spence on 03000 132 132 or email [email protected]