Our Children and Young People’s worker Heather has been busy busy busy this summer organising day trips out for our Via WIngs families. So far they have been to Bangor and had fun by the sea, and to Hillsborough for a treasure hunt. The weather has been kind and the craic has been mighty. It is such a privilege to be able to offer some real holiday fun for next to no charge. The staff are all queueing up to volunteer to go along – ice cream is the order of the day!!
WE DID IT!!!
On 20th June on a somewhat overcast ( but thankfully dry) evening Team Wings joined 6,000 other hardy souls to take part in the Lisburn 10k/5k/Fun Run for the first time. We were all amazed at the number of people of all ages and shapes and sizes and abilities who were out running and walking – some of them raising money for good causes, some just out for the craic. Our youngest team member, Molly aged 2 , enjoyed being pushed in the buggy by her Mum, our fittest member ( Josie aged 9 ) ran the whole way round the Fun Run course and barely broke a sweat , the rest of us paced ourselves and completed the course with a mix of running/jogging and walking. It was a really fun evening.
We all got medals !! But best of all we raised the profile of Via Wings and are well on the way to reaching our £1,000 total . There are still some sponsor forms to come in.
The team agreed that we shall definitely do it again next year and this time get more people to bring their kids…. it was such a family friendly event. We shall also be ordering bigger t shirts next time round. They were a ‘ snug’ fit on most of us!!
Lisburn Fun Run.
On June 20th most of the staff team and some of our lovely volunteers will be heading into Lisburn to do the Fun Run in order to fundraise and team build. We are getting together once a week to ‘ train’ ( so far we havent actually managed to break into a run!) We are praying for nice weather and expect it to be good fun as well as an exercise in raising the profile of our wee charity. If you are in Lisburn on Wed 20th at around 7.30 pm do come on down and cheer us on!
( This will be us by the 20th June – finely toned and honed athletes !!)
Recycled Teenagers out on the town
Thanks to a really generous donation of theatre tickets our intrepid group of older ladies were out for a meal and a trip to Armagh one Friday in May. They had an absolute blast enjoying the music of the seventies and as you can see they were still going strong long after lights were out and doors were shut. These ladies really do benefit so much from the social platform Via Wings provides. Much laughter is good medicine for the soul.
We are looking forward to more outings in the summer. Watch this space!
Walk of Hope
In 2016 we slept out on the streets for a night, to raise awareness of the work we do in our community. We wanted to raise awareness for homelessness; not necessarily people who are living on the streets, but those who are living in shells of houses, without bed sheets on their beds, or carpets on their floor. We used the hashtag #vwintheirshoes There are so few services within our area which are aimed at increasing well-being. As a charity, we want to stand in the gap and provide a service within our new community building which will help increase mental health.
SO in 2017 between Thursday 10th August and Sunday 13th August, we decided to literally ‘walk in their shoes’, as we took on our biggest venture yet … walking from Dromore to Dublin. 84.5 miles. We felt every inch of them!! On a bad day, one of the hardest things to do is to get out of bed; to walk. Back in August a staff team and volunteers came together to encouraging one another to complete this as a team. On bad days a helping hand, a smile, a word of encouragement or a gentle touch can be just what we need to get started. That is what the walk symbolised; that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that Via Wings is here to support and walk alongside those in need.
It was a tough challenge but we did it! And what is more we raised an astonishing amount of money through sponsorship and kind donations. The funds we raised have been earmarked for a therapy suite in our new building. We shall be telling you more about that once the paperwork is completed and we have the keys.
Proud winners of the UTV competition The People’s Projects 2017