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Former Mayor flies high for charity

first_imgVanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsFormer Mayor flies high for charityBy John Keogh – July 2, 2015 996 Midwest Spinabifida & Hydrocephalus Association vice chairperson John Byrnes, Irish Parachute Club instructor Peter Breen, and Cllr Michael Sheahan taking part in a charity skydive on SundayMidwest Spinabifida & Hydrocephalus Association vice chairperson John Byrnes, Irish Parachute Club instructor Peter Breen, and Cllr Michael Sheahan taking part in a charity skydive on Sunday by Kathy [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up FORMER Metropolitan Mayor Cllr Michael Sheahan ended his term in office on a high as he leapt from a plane 13,000 feet in the air on Sunday to raise funds for the Midwest Spinabifida & Hydrocephalus Association.The Fine Gael councillor, who also completed the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run 10k event in aid of the MWSA, described his skydive as “a wonderful experience”.He told the Limerick Post: “It was a long day, we were there from 8.30 in the morning and we didn’t jump until 8.30 that evening because of wind problems. I was worried that it would be cancelled but thankfully it wasn’t and it was well worth it.“I absolutely loved it. It was frighteningly exciting. Just as you’re leaning out of the plane, that’s when the second of doubt creeps in because it’s not natural, you’re leaning out into open space. But once you jump then you’re in freefall for a few seconds and you just have to go with the flow. You straighten yourself out then and I was floating down like a frog. It was lovely.”Cllr Sheahan added: “I’d recommend it to anybody with a bit of positivity about them. It’s a very unique way to raise money for charity as well. I would definitely do it again. I really enjoyed it and it was for a very good cause.”The City East councillor, who recently handed over the title of Metropolitan Mayor to Cllr Jerry O’Dea, says he is enjoying the break from “the cut and thrust” of civic events, but promises that he still has “plenty of issues to work on” between now and the next local elections in four years’ time.John Byrnes, vice chairperson of the MWSA, who joined Cllr Sheahan in the skydive with the Irish Parachute Club in Offaly, thanked the former Mayor for his support for the charity during his year in office.The Midwest Spina Bifida Association & Hydrocephalus is a voluntary organisation providing services to more than 100 families.Only 35 per cent of the charity’s funding comes from the HSE so it relies heavily on fundraising; all funds raised go directly towards its services.All its services are free of charge and include physiotherapy, orthotics, counselling for members and family, computer classes, cookery, leadership and self awareness development, summer camps, swimming and art lessons, wheelchair sports and more.For more information, or to make a donation, got to www.spinabifida.ie. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Print Twitter Linkedincenter_img Previous articleNew York welcomes The Lady DianaNext articleGarda vow on feuding gangs John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSCllr Michael SheahanIrish Parachute ClublimerickMidwest Spina Bifida Email Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

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How to empower members amid COVID-19

first_imgAs credit unions, we operate to promote the well-being of our members. But, for many credit union members, COVID-19 has brought unexpected personal and financial losses. The invisibility of the virus seems to underscore our lack of control.Many credit unions have risen to the challenge of these worry-filled days by offering finely tailored products and services to help consumers and businesses survive, and dare I say, thrive. However, it’s also important to remember the importance of taking social responsibility, which has always been the hallmark of the credit union difference. Not only can we rise to the occasion by giving back as organizations, but, in the true spirit of member ownership, now is a great time to empower our members by giving them the power to help as well, to wear the cape and to contribute to the community directly. Here’s how.Choose Charities They Care AboutFood, clothing and shelter are always strong choices to put up front. A statewide food bank has the benefit of serving a large area and therefore being relevant for a majority. Many communities host “Giving Tuesday” or have a nonprofit center where you can learn which charities are most highly donated to. It is easy to also compare social media followings of different agencies within your area. You might find your local SPCA is a priority within a particular member base.Make It EasyYour online banking platform is a great way to get in front of members. Grab their attention as they check their balances by placing a message to donate to your COVID-19 efforts. You can even create a simple survey to allow them to pick their charity of choice to donate to, or identify charities of their own. You may choose to create a landing page with a payment system such as PayPal or Stripe behind it, or have the contribution come directly from their account.If monetary donations are not possible, create opportunities for members to give back with their time. In lieu of physical fundraisers, many nonprofits have switched to a virtual platform for their events. For example, the American Heart Association recently hosted a Virtual Heart Walk, and the March of Dimes transformed its signature March for Babies walk series into a virtual program in which supporters could march in their homes and track their progress. Even something simple such as signing a virtual card for our troops is a quick action a member can take that will have a big impact on other people.Herald Their ImpactWhile digital communications are great for keeping us connected with updates on branch hours and COVID 19 related safeguards, they should also be used to deliver a social impact report usually reserved for the Board of Directors. Newsletters, emails and press releases that share the contributions a membership was able to generate will be a source of pride for all the members, whether they made a donation themselves or not.Besides learning to keep an arsenal of toilet paper in our basements, I like to think we will gain valuable knowledge from 2020.  These types of efforts can be used for any holiday drive or unfortunate local challenge that arises in the future. Making the membership an active part of community giving in general empowers the credit union to have an even bigger impact financially, while also celebrating the members’ true role as owners. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Aimée Sundstrom Aimée Sundstrom is the Assistant Vice President of Marketing at Service Credit union and has been with Service Credit Union since 2006. She has a background in segmentation analysis … Web: https://servicecu.org Detailslast_img read more

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AA wants random drug driver tests

first_imgRadio NZ News 8 January 2017Family First Comment: “..drug driving was a silent killer on the country’s roads because a lot more drivers involved in fatal crashes were found to have drugs in their system, than people thought.”But dont dope supporters say dope never killed anyone?!#saynopetodopeIt’s our silent killer, now the Automobile Association says there needs to be random roadside testing for drugs, similar to alcohol.The AA’s spokesperson, Dylan Thomsen, said drug driving was a silent killer on the country’s roads because a lot more drivers involved in fatal crashes were found to have drugs in their system, than people thought.Blood samples taken from 1046 drivers killed in fatal crashes between 2004 and 2009 found that 1 in 3 had some type of drug in their system, mostly cannabis.Mr Thomsen said most people were aware of the dangers of drink driving and alcohol but there were a lot of people who didn’t see drugs, including cannabis, in the same way.The Ministry of Health estimates that about 130,000 New Zealanders use cannabis at least once a week and 1 in 3 cannabis users admitted driving stoned in the 2015 cannabis use survey.He said many drove without realising the risks involved and some even thought they were better drivers when they were stoned, taking risks they otherwise wouldn’t.“The risks are that it slows down your reactions, it makes you more likely to miss seeing something.“You can become extremely focussed on one thing and not be taking in some of that wider information. So you might be really focussed on controlling your speed, and you aren’t seeing that vehicle that’s coming from the side.”READ MORE: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/321967/aa-wants-random-drug-driver-testsKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Fineknauer wants governor to issue ‘stay at home’ order

first_imgDUBUQUE — Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer thinks Governor Reynolds isn’t going far enough in restricting the movement of Iowans to address the coronavirus outbreak.The Democrat from Dubuque has sent a letter to the governor, asking her to issue a statewide stay at home order. “Honestly we are past the point where they should be recommendations. They need to be orders, there is a difference between a recommendation and an order. And when you have a stay at home order, that still means folks are able to perform essential services,” she says.Finkenauer says she has been talking with the governor throughout this past week — and decided to send her letter after talking with doctors from Dubuque — who have also sent a letter to the governor. “Urging the governor to do the stay at home order given what they had been seeing on the ground and why they see that they need it. It’s also something that I didn’t take lightly, but have been concerned about how serious some parts of our state may be taking it, Finkenauer says.She says the governor feels the actions the state is taking are enough to slow the spread of COVID-19. “I think that’s okay to disagree — but after (Friday) when I saw two more deaths in my district — I was not going to wait another day before I urged this publicly,” Finkenauer says. “And made sure that folks across my district and across the state knew that I believe that this is warranted.”Finkenauer says she not only represents her district — but on the federal level has to speak for the rest of the nation — as she’s concerned that the national food supply could be hurt. “If our farmers get sick and cannot plant, then there is not going to be corn that is going to be processed in our district. And then on top of that if those workers get sick and then we have other folks that are at General Mills that make cereal, if those folks get sick, what that means. And on top of that, we’ve got again, our grocery store workers who are working their tails off are stocking our shelves. We need to do everything, everything possible to protect that essential workforce,” according to Finkenauer,” according to Finkenauer.Finkenauer says she could not sit back and not say something publicly after seeing the additional deaths in her district.last_img read more

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