An art car, painted by Northern Ireland artist Neil Shawcross, has been unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, in a Belfast showroom of Northern Ireland’s largest independent new and used vehicle retailer, the Donnelly Group.
The workshop of the Donnelly Group’s Honda showroom on the Boucher Road in Belfast has, for the past week, acted as a live art studio in which customers and members of the public have been able to watch the renowned artist transform the classic MINI vehicle into a work of art.
The classic MINI, finished in Neil’s signature style, was donated by Terence Donnelly, Director of the Donnelly Group, and is to be raffled ahead of a Gala event in February celebrating the 50th anniversary of Belfast native Paddy Hopkirk’s Monte Carlo Rally victory.
Raymond Donnelly, Sales Director at the Donnelly Group which has a total of 7 sites and 18 manufacturers across Northern Ireland, said:
“Paddy Hopkirk is a motorsport hero who is renowned in rally circles across the world and we are delighted to play a part in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Paddy’s Monte Carlo victory.
“The MINI that was donated by my brother Terence on behalf of the Donnelly Group is actually very similar to the vehicle in which drove Paddy to his Monte Carlo victory in 1964 with Henry Liddon.
“It was a pleasure having Neil Shawcross in our Honda showroom this week and our customers certainly enjoying watching the transformation of the MINI.
“This is an entirely unique piece that can only be acquired through purchasing a raffle ticket and I look forward to seeing the winner receive the vehicle at the Gala event in February.”
The 50th Anniversary Gala Event will take place in Titanic Belfast on 22nd February 2014 where the vehicle will be raffled with proceeds being donated to the Integrated Education Fund for Northern Ireland and SKIDZ.
Dr. Beatty Crawford, Chairman of the Paddy Hopkirk Golden Anniversary Gala Committee, said:
“The donation of the MINI by Terence and the Donnelly Group is enormously kind. The finished art MINI looks fantastic and I have no doubt it will be in high demand. Neil has done an amazing job and I’m extremely grateful to him for supporting us.
“The anniversary celebrations will kick off with a MINI cavalcade on Saturday morning February 22nd, led by Paddy Hopkirk himself. This will start from The Assembly Buildings at Stormont and will first visit Belfast City Hall to be welcomed by The Lord Mayor. They will then continue to the Titanic Quarter where there will be a knockout autotest competition.
“To be in with a chance of winning the art MINI one must purchase a raffle ticket. These will be available on line at www.paddyhopkirkgala.com where one can also register to take part in the MINI Cavalcade and the Gala Dinner which will be held in Titanic Belfast.”
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Stylist Katrina Doran helped launch the first all Ireland, Great BT Shops Challenge this week at Marie Curie’s shop in Belmont Road, Belfast; one of seven shops throughout Northern Ireland which are taking part in this year’s Challenge.
“I’d encourage everyone to get down to their local Marie Curie Cancer Care shop and support this challenge. It’s amazing the hidden vintage clothing you can find that will really set your outfit apart and help you to make a fashion statement this upcoming season. Plus, it’s all for a great cause.”
The Challenge, which will take place on Thursday 3rd October, will see over 170 BT staff volunteer in seven Marie Curie shops across Northern Ireland and 10 Irish Cancer Society shops in the Republic of Ireland. BT staff will takeover for the day to help raise much needed funds for the charities – while competing against each other to see which shop has the biggest increase in takings.
The BT volunteers have been tasked with putting their retail, planning, marketing and selling skills to good use to generate extra stock for their designated shop ahead of the takeover day. They will be encouraging friends, family and colleagues to donate their unwanted bric-a-brac as well as their most fashionable clothing cast offs that can be sold to customers.
Commenting on the challenge, Ciara Gallagher, Head of Fundraising Marie Curie Cancer Care Northern Ireland said:
“We are delighted to be working with BT in their charity shops’ challenge this year. It’s a great way to raise awareness about the value for money, fashionable stock we have available in our stores for the autumn and winter season – particularly in the current economic climate. Our shops makes accessible fashion available for everyone, while raising much needed funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
“We need more people to shop, donate and volunteer and this initiative by BT will certainly help on all these fronts – by helping us raise awareness of what our shops actually offer. By generating much needed stock and equally importantly encouraging people to donate their time.
“Money raised during the challenge will help to make it possible for Marie Curie Nurses to provide more care to terminally ill patients, and vital emotional support to their families at the time when they need it most. We hope that everyone visits their local shop on takeover day and bags themselves a bargain”.
Peter Morris, Corporate Services Director, BT said; “BT is committed to making a positive impact in the communities in which we operate and we have a long and proud record of fundraising, volunteering and support. Last year alone BT Ireland volunteers gave back almost 13,000 hours of their time, worth £500,000, to causes that help to improve lives. As part of our recently launched Better Future programme our volunteering teams have been involved with some brilliant community challenges and we are excited to work with the Irish Cancer Society and Marie Curie Cancer Care to show our support, in a very practical way, for two very important charities.”
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Marks & Spencer have teamed up with the legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz to showcase their inspirational ladies of Britain collection this autumn.
The high-street brand has chosen twelve inspirational and very different women to be ambassadors of their autumn campaign. These various women represent the best of British with careers spanning from music, acting or being founders of charity organisations. M&S sure have picked the best of the best to front their brand this autumn.
The campaign is titled: ‘Meet Britain’s Leading Ladies,’ an apt description of the fierce, determined females that are involved with the brand. Each of the 12 women have something different to bring to the face of the brand, hence why they have been chosen. Pictured together for M&S it is evident to see why they are the ultimate embodiment of inspirational Britain. M&S boasts of each ladies success, stating; “these women all possess, intelligence, the confidence to succeed and innate personal style.” If the ladies’ biographies are anything to go by, M&S have picked the crème de la crème for their autumn campaign.
First up is award-winning actress, Dame Helen Mirren. She is a renowned actress who is well-known for playing Elizabeth II in The Queen, in 2006. Mirren was also listed as one of the Guardian’s fifty best dressed over 50’s in March 2013, something that evidently made her an attractive prospect as a style siren and leading lady for M&S.
Model and television presenter, Katie Piper is another face chosen as part of ‘Meet Britain’s Leading Ladies,’ campaign. She should be commended for her work as founder of ‘The Katie Piper Foundation,’ which aims to raise awareness of victims of burns and other disfigurement injuries. Piper is definitely an inspirational lady of our time.
The stunning Ellie Goulding, singer song-writer is also on the list of Britain’s leading ladies. With two successful albums behind her, and a BRIT award, the hugely talented woman is a perfect face of the M&S brand.
Marks and Spencer’s all-star cast also boasts Helen Allen, a staff nurse who is founder of the charity, PEPAIDS (Peer Education Programme Against AIDS). The wonder woman was also named Nurse of the Year in 2011. Nicola Adams, first female boxer to win an Olympic gold medal at London’s games, has also been selected to face M&S. She oozes determination and depicts everything the brand wanted to convey.
Other notable ambassadors of the autumnal campaign include: the former US Vogue’s Creative Director, Grace Coddington. She is known as a formidable and outspoken influence in the fashion realm. The CEO of Save the Children International, Jasmine Whitbread is also heralded as a leading lady for the M&S brand. The autumn campaign also includes: Monica Ali famed writer of Brick Lane, Darcey Bussell, former Royal Ballet principal ballerina, singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, model and musician Karen Elson and award-winning artist, Tracey Emin. Each woman brings something different to the brand.
The Leading Ladies collection is available to buy online from 3 September 2013, and you can check out: www.marksandspencer.com to see a preview of the stunning, inspirational ladies who are fronting the autumn campaign.
Editorial by: Jourdan McManus.
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We all know that tight schedules and chaotic mornings can lead to breakfast not being a top priority in many households. As September draws closer, and families start to prepare to go back to school and get organised for the new school year, the role of breakfast becomes increasingly important to ensure that children get a good start to the day.
Throughout the world, nutritionists and dietitians agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast means ‘breaking the fast’. Children may have gone up to 10 hours without food and drink, hence energy reserves can be low. It is recommended that all ages eat a healthy balanced breakfast, ideally in the form of complex carbohydrate foods e.g. starch and fibre
Fortified breakfast cereals are a great way to obtain important nutrients, as well as vitamins and minerals. They are also typically low in fat, and easy to prepare first thing in the morning. Research has shown that eating breakfast cereals can help kids to concentrate and stay on track. High fibre and wholegrain cereals are also great option.
Kellogg’s cereals provide at least 25% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for 6 B vitamins and 17% of the RDA for iron per serving. And by the end of 2013 all of the Kellogg’s kid & family cereals will have vitamin D too. With the latest research showing that 9 out of 10 Irish children do not get enough Vitamin D in their diet, it’s great to know that with a simple serving of Kellogg’s cereals, kids are being given a great start to their day.
The Benefits of Eating Breakfast
It doesn’t have to be complicated – Try a fortified breakfast cereal with semi-skimmed milk and chopped banana or a handful of sultanas for a sweeter taste. It’s better to eat something rather than nothing. On the odd occasion when you’re late for the bus, make sure you grab something from the fruit bowl, rather than the sweet shop.
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