North West 10K gets a new chairperson

first_imgThe Northwest 10k Charity Run & Walk Committee has elected Neil Martin as its new Chairperson following the organisation’s 21st AGM in the Mount Errigal last night.The change of chief comes after the decision of James Boyle to step down from the position.Another long serving member Grace Boyle is also retiring along with Patsy and Bridgeen Doherty who had been ever present since the North West 10k committee was formed in 1996. The organization is also seeking a new PRO with Declan Kerr not seeking election for another term in the post. The new committee has now set the wheels in motion to recruit new members and would hope to complete that process in the short term as work on the 21st charity event gets underway next month.Succeeding Neil Martin as new Vice-Chairperson is Nancy McNamee while the remainder of the executive is unchanged with Anne Condon (Treasurer), Brendan McDaid (Assistant-Treasurer and Race Director) and Bernie Brennan and Rosemary Foy (Joint-Secretaries). Re-elected as committee members were Gerry Davenport, Paddy Bond, Neily McDaid, Gerard McGinley, Charlie Kerr and Norman Spratt. The Honorary President is Charlie Kelly.In his address outgoing Chairperson James Boyle said he had enjoyed his time as head of the organization but added it was now time for new members to give the North West 10k a fresh impetus.“There comes a time to allow new blood in and I have every confidence that the North West 10k committee can move forward successfully” Mr Boyle said. New Chairperson Neil Martin paid tribute to the work of those not seeking re-election.“I would like to thank Patsy and Bridgeen Doherty who had been committee members from the start 20 years ago and Grace Boyle who came on board in the early years for their long and distinguished voluntary service which has helped raised nearly €750,000 for 31 very worthy charities. I also want to acknowledge the very good work done by James Boyle as Chairperson and PRO Declan Kerr who are also stepping down tonight” Mr Martin said.In her report to the AGM Treasurer Anne Condon said that since 1996 the North West 10k has raised €744,474 for 31 charities. Last year two charities the Irish Pilgrimage Trust and the Spina Bifida organisation each received €8,627 from the charity race and walk.Applications will open early in the New Year for charities wishing to be beneficiaries from the 21st North West 10k Charity Run & Walk which takes place on Sunday the 30th of April in Letterkenny.North West 10K gets a new chairperson was last modified: December 15th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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Misguided Concept of Beauty Must Be Corrected – Minister Hanna

first_img Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says it is imperative to correct the misguided concept of beauty, held by modern day young people.According to the Minister, if this is done, it will increase self confidence and the value youth place on themselves.“We realize that many of our young women have low self esteem, as they hold wrong concepts of beauty and self. Sometimes they take external concepts of the European model of beauty, and use it to devalue themselves,” Miss Hanna said.The Minister was speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, held at the agency’s headquarters on Half-Way Tree Road, in Kingston.She argued that discussions outside the boundaries of the social group play a vital role in changing misconceptions of beauty, held by the young people.“We need to highlight some of those pertinent conversations that must be held, especially as it relates to young women and men. The social dialogue cannot only be within their communities, it has to be shared dialogue with all classes,” she noted.Miss Hanna said that the introduction of reasoning sessions, as part of the recent Emancipation celebrations, gave youth the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions on a variety of themes, including ‘Beauty and the modern day woman’.The Minister pointed out that several modern day women resort to risky medical practices in their effort to enhance beauty, and informed that an increase in knowledge on historical events will strengthen the value that youth place on themselves.“As an emancipated people, we have to share with our young people their history. We feel if they know their history they will get strength. We want to tell persons that whatever road you choose to beauty and the concept of beauty, at the end of the day, you must be comfortable in your skin,” she said.Meanwhile, Festival Queen 2013, Krystal Tomlinson, extended the concept of beauty to include self consciousness and the contribution made to one’s community.“Beauty for me is a full package. It is a commitment in giving your best at all times, displaying humility and relating well to people around you. If your traits indicate a level of inner beauty, you will become physically beautiful,” Miss Tomlinson said.She argued that the concept of beauty stems from Jamaica’s cultural heritage, underlined by the plantation regime, noting that in the plantation regime, beauty by non-Europeans was seen within the context of having straight hair, straight nose and light skin.She said that based on such perceptions, it is no surprise that Jamaicans continue to struggle with perceptions of beauty. However, she asserts that beauty is defined within cultural boundaries.“Culture is directly related to beauty. Culture is a way of life and part of the way of life is the way you speak, it is the way you perceive other people and that inevitably translates into how people view themselves in a particular culture,” Miss Tomlinson said.The Festival Queen, who received a sectional prize for being most culturally aware, urged the youth to develop a sense of cultural awareness.“Cultural awareness is about coming to terms with questions of identity that we [Jamaicans] face as a people. It is about how we treat self esteem issues that relate to our cultural experiences and how we treat our heritage, including our language and music,” she said.Miss Tomlinson said that during her reign, she will be engaging in projects with school culture clubs, aimed at increasing access, application and the sharing of cultural information among young people. Story Highlights Jamaicans continue to struggle with perceptions of beauty It is imperative to correct the misguided concept of beauty, held by modern day young people Reasoning sessions gave youth the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions on ‘Beauty and the modern day woman’last_img read more

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