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On the grapevine - January 20


Chilean miner visit

Willowfield Church in east Belfast is preparing for a visit from a hero, the 24th rescued Chilean miner.

In association with SAMS Ireland, Willowfield Church has invited people and their friends to come along and hear the story of the 24th Chilean miner to be rescued, Jose Henriquez Gonzales, who will be accompanied by Reverend Alf Cooper, chaplain to the President of Chile.

This will take place on Saturday, February 5 at 7.30pm and tickets cost just £3. This is an extraordinary event which only occurs once in a while and people who take the outstanding opportunity to attend will get the chance to hear the amazing story of what happened while Mr Gonzales was in the mine and how he got out safely. People can also taste Chilean food accompanied with traditional music.

This event will be ticket only and tickets are available from Willowfield Church office 02890457654 or MICAH Centre 02890453041. Further information is available on

Greenway volunteers

Researchers at Queen’s University are looking for people to volunteer to help them investigate the potential health benefits of the Connswater Community Greenway.

They are looking for around 20 volunteers to help collect this information on the current use of its parks and walkway.

The study is due to start on Monday, January 31, and lasts for seven days (Monday-Sunday). One example of the type of information collected, will be the number of people walking/cycling, from seven different areas along the Greenway.

Full training will be provided and is taking place next Wednesday, January 26 and Thursday, January 27 from 10am-1pm at the Carew II Family and Training Centre. If interested, contact Ruth Hunter on 07530370171 or email

hike up kilImanjaro

IN 2011 discover Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest free-standing mountain by trekking on behalf of children’s charity, Children Today.

Participants will be taking the challenge to raise funds for a very worthy cause. Children Today believe that the provision of specialised equipment for children and young people with disabilities has a direct and immediate impact on their quality of life and independence and is vital in helping them to overcoming obstacles to live a life of greater independence.

This feat of human endurance is open to anyone who is aged 18 or over on the day of travel. For those of you with a sense of adventure and the desire to do something challenging for a great cause, simply call Ceri Ward at the office |on 01244 335 622 or email: for an information pack.

Take to the hills

The Ulster Cancer Foundation (UCF) is calling on keen walkers to take a winter hike to the top of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, to raise funds for cancer patients and their families.

The challenging 4,408ft ascent takes place from Thursday, March 10 to Sunday, March 13, and participants can expect snowy, wintry, even blizzard conditions in temperatures that can plunge below -20C.

UCF has to date escorted more than 4,500 walkers to the top of the peak, raising more than £2m to support the charity’s vital services.

Those taking part are asked to pay a £75 registration fee and agree to raise a minimum sponsorship of £650. On receipt of your registration form you will be sent a complete fundraising pack as well as a guide to any equipment that you may need. UCF’s experienced fundraising team are here to guide and support you every step of the way — so why not register today?

Contact Sarah Atcheson, on 9068 0765 or email

sponsored diet

PRAXIS Care, a charity which provides services for people affected by mental ill health, learning disability and dementia, is running a fun sponsored diet campaign for St Valentine’s Day 2011.

The sponsored event will run until Friday, February 11 throughout Ireland, the Isle of Man and the UK.

The aim of the campaign is for individuals to lose some weight and raise valuable funds to help support adults and children who suffer mental ill health, learning disability and for older people including people with dementia.

To sign up for the challenge, simply email your details to, alternatively visit the Praxis Care website at

Castlereagh marks holocaust memorial day

Castlereagh Borough Council’s Good Relations programme will mark the 66th anniversary of Holocaust Memorial Day with a public event on Wednesday, February 2 at the Council Civic Centre.

The event will commence at 7pm with a focus on the millions of untold stories of individuals, communities and towns and how we can translate their words and lessons of the past into contemporary action. It questions whether we know about the stories in our own communities today and how we can create a safer and better future for all.

The event will include excerpts from a performance piece focusing on the stories of local women from the Castlereagh and Lisburn areas, put together by playwright and theatre expert, Jo Egan, which captures the role of women in local communities over the past years.

A personal testimony from Holocaust survivor Joanna Millen, who was orphaned at the age of two in a concentration camp 50 miles outside Prague, will also be heard. This will be a moving and inspiring recollection from a survivor of the Holocaust. Joanna will also take questions about her experiences and her life since then.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served at both events. Advanced booking is essential. For further details, contact the Good Relations Officer on 028 90494672.

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