Donegal man ‘dresses up’ for Darkness Into Light Falcarragh! – Picture Special

first_imgLocal man Frankie Connolly turned heads when he walked for Darkness Into Light Falcarragh in aid of Pieta House this year.While most participants put on the themed yellow shirt, Frankie wore an eye-catching striped dress. His unusual clothing choice wasn’t a mistake made in the early hours of the morning either – it was for a very special reason.Frankie launched a fundraising campaign in memory of his mother Teresa, who died tragically four years ago. He described in his fundraising appeal that his family suffered suicide in the past, and it was through his work as a psychiatric nurse that he was able to deal with the devastation.Frankie set a specific challenge to generate some interest around his fundraiser and attempt to reach a high target:“Just for the craic if I manage to hit the €3000 mark for this wonderful charity I’ll do the whole thing in my wife’s dress!!”, he promised.When the day arrived Frankie had gathered the impressive amount and had no other choice but to join the 600 other walkers in Falcarragh while wearing the dress. Frankie went above and beyond his target, and has raised €3,357 to date to support the life-saving services of Pieta House.Falcarragh’s Darkness into Light was a particularly special event as the group walked through the forest on the grounds of Ballyconnell Estate as dawn broke through the trees. €15,100 was raised at the venue. with still donations being collected.Committee member Annemarie Doohan said: “It’s just unreal the support from the community that we received, from participants wanting to help out on the morning off and all our local sponsors in Falcarragh, Ghaoth Dobhair and Dunfanaghy.”There were over 150,000 participants worldwide in Darkness Into Light 2017 – from Sydney to Dublin to Vancouver. Organisers are now close to hitting the €1 million mark and are this week asking everyone to make one last “post-event” fundraising ask friends, family and colleagues to donate to their individual pages. Visitdil.pieta.ie to find participants to sponsor.Donegal man ‘dresses up’ for Darkness Into Light Falcarragh! – Picture Special was last modified: May 12th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:charityDarkness into LightFalcarraghfundraiserin memorylast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Sep 13 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowBeneath political firestorm on Arctic Ocean drilling, two projects make steady progressElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageYes, Shell’s multi-billion dollar effort to find oil in federal Arctic waters is a thing of the past. And yes, the Obama administration then took several steps to cut back on drilling in Arctic waters — actions the Trump administration is now working to undo. But there is movement to get oil out of federally-owned parts of the Arctic Ocean.For third year in a row, Alaska seabirds wash up deadElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauFor the third year in a row, seabirds are washing up dead along the coastline in Alaska. Hundreds of birds have been discovered along a stretch of the Bering Sea, on the Pribilof Islands and as far north as Deering.Stampede suspected in dozens of walrus deathsAssociated PressThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says 64 walruses died on a northwest Alaska beach, and the animals may have been killed in stampedes.National labs to field test microgrid tech in CordovaRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageSeveral national labs and universities will partner with the Alaska community of Cordova to field test new technologies on the city’s power grid.State denies ballot initiative on salmon habitatJoe Viechnicki, KFSK – PetersburgAlaska’s Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has denied a proposed ballot initiative designed to offer greater protections for salmon habitat from mining or other development.Arctic climate change researchers still conflicted over UAF’s coal-fired powerplantTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksThe University of Alaska Fairbanks is building a heat-and-power plant to replace the old facility that went into service in 1964. The new $245 million powerplant, scheduled to come online next year, will feature updated technology that’ll reduce most pollutants – but it will continue to emit greenhouse gases blamed for warming the planet.Ahtna rejects continued public use of Klutina Lake RoadDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Ahtna Native Corporation board has rejected a proposed settlement with the State to allow continued public use of Klutina Lake Road. The 25-mile road off the Richardson Highway near Copper Center, crosses Ahtna land, to the Klutina River and Klutina Lake.Terror Lake hydroelectric project expansion gets the go-aheadKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakThe Kodiak Electric Association received a permit to start its Terror Lake Hydroelectric Project expansion, which would increase the lake’s clean energy production.Igiugig is set to embark on its Native Foods ChallengeAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamNutrition related health concerns plague the United States as a whole, and rural Alaska is no exception. People in village of Igiugig are aiming to improve their health this fall with a Native Foods Challenge.Unalaska-bound cruise ship changes destination to SitkaZoe Sobel, KUCB – UnalaskaA 2000-passenger cruise ship was supposed to dock in Unalaska today [WED] instead it decided to go to Sitka. Although Unalaska is known as America’s top fishing port, tourism — in particular the cruise ship industry – is a growing source of revenue especially for small businesses and non-profits.last_img read more