Peter O'Hara Photography: Blog https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog en-us Peter O'Hara Photography peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:31:00 GMT Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:31:00 GMT https://www.poharaphoto.com/img/s/v-5/u251409118-o126915189-50.jpg Peter O'Hara Photography: Blog https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog 98 120 Ballynahinch Rugby Club host Nathan Carter Concert https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/6/ballynahinch-rugby-club-host-nathan-carter-concert Nathan Carter entertained the large crowd at Ballynahinch Rugby Club on Saturday 13th June 2015 as part of the Club's weekend celebrations to mark it's 60th Anniversary.

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Belfast Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/6/ballynahinch-rugby-club-host-nathan-carter-concert Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:18:02 GMT
Guy Martin set for Soapbox Derby in Hillsborough https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/6/guy-martin-set-for-soapbox-derby-in-hillsborough Top motorcycle road racer Guy Martin is gearing up for a Soapbox Derby due to be held at the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival on 5th September 2015.

The event aims to get young people involved in fun, active and educational activities and gives thrill-seekers the chance to design and then race their own soap box go-kart.

And who better to support the race than Guy Martin, the holder of the Guinness World Record for the fastest soapbox of all time at 85mph. “I am really excited to be a part of the TrustFord Soapbox Derby at this year’s Oyster Festival in Hillsborough - it should be mega,” he said.

“When I was a kid I was right into building stuff and tuning engines. I’m looking forward to seeing what some of these youngsters can come up with.”

The event will be about design skills as well as speed.

As well as a Race Winner, there are four other awards up for grabs, open to all entrants aged between five and 17 - Best Innovation, Best Technical Design and Best Entertainment.

The group that best embodies the spirit of the competition will not only lift the coveted Best Overall Team trophy, but will also win a 14-seater minibus for their club or school worth over £25,000.

All other category winners will take home a £500 cash prize.

The event is organised by TrustFord in partnership with youth charity Clubs for Young People, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

“We aim to inspire young people from all backgrounds to be their best in the pursuit of shared goals and help make our community a better place for everyone,” CEO Paul Curran said.

For details please log on to http://www.trustford.co.uk/soapboxderby/

 

 

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Belfast Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/6/guy-martin-set-for-soapbox-derby-in-hillsborough Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:37:41 GMT
Great Night at Daisy Lodge with Rory McIlroy and Friends https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/5/great-night-at-daisy-lodge-with-rory-mcilroy The Rory Foundation held a champagne reception at Cancer Fund for Children's Daisy Lodge at the foothills of the Mourne Mountains on May 26. Guests which included Rory McIlroy and other top golfers enjoyed drinks, food and entertainment from Riverdance. The charity is working alongside and benefiting from funds raised by the Rory Foundation throughout the duration of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. The therapeutic short break facility for families affected by cancer, Daisy Lodge, has been a cause close to the World #1 golfer's heart since he officially opened the facility in October last year.

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Belfast Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography Photography" Rory McIlroy https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/5/great-night-at-daisy-lodge-with-rory-mcilroy Wed, 27 May 2015 10:41:52 GMT
Super Skilled construction apprentices compete to be the best https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/5/super-skilled-construction-apprentices-compete-to-be-the-best 78 competitors from all over the Province tested their skills at Skillbuild 2015 which was held  at Belfast Metropolitan College, Castlereagh Campus  on 29th & 30th April 2015.

Skillbuild NI is held annually each spring, with the top local construction apprentices competing to win coveted titles in 10 different construction craft areas ranging from brickwork to wall and floor tiling. The winners may then go on to represent Northern Ireland in the UK Skillbuild Finals and potentially the UK at WorldSkills.

The Skillbuild NI competition not only encourages trainees to improve their own skills, but provides an example of the high quality work being produced in training organisations and colleges across NI. The Skillbuild test pieces are designed to challenge the ability of apprentices, testing skills within tight timeframes and the competitors are being continuously assessed throughout the 2 day competition.

The overall winning competitor was joiner Kyle Weir from Omagh. Kyle is pictured here with TV Presenter, Sarah Travers.

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Belfast Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/5/super-skilled-construction-apprentices-compete-to-be-the-best Mon, 04 May 2015 10:53:06 GMT
Over 17,500 people in 2015 Belfast Marathon https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/5/over-17-500-people-in-2015-belfast-marathon Over 17,500 people took part in this year's Belfast Marathon on the Bank Holiday Monday 4th May. The sun shone at 9am as they started from Belfast City Hall.

The event includes the marathon, wheelchair race, team relays, fun run and an eight mile walk. This is the 34th Belfast marathon and is the Province's largest mass participation sporting event.

Kenyan Joel Kipsang Kositany repeated his 2013 win as he won the men's race.

Kipsang crossed the line in 2:19.36 which left him 53 seconds ahead of compatriot Gideon Kimosop.

Hungarian Tamas Nagy was third in 2:24.22 with Belfast man Eddie McGinley securing fourth place in 2:24.55.

Ethiopia's Berhan Gebrenmichael won the women's event in 2:40.57

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Belfast Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/5/over-17-500-people-in-2015-belfast-marathon Mon, 04 May 2015 10:26:41 GMT
Wizz Air inugurates new flights to Katowice https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/4/wizz-air-inugurates-new-flights-to-katowice Wizz Air gets big ‘thumbs up’ for new routes
 

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, has launched the first of two exciting new routes from Belfast International Airport.
Belfast-Katowice in south western Poland commenced operations today, and will be followed on the 22nd April by Belfast-Vilnius in Lithuania.
The inaugural out-bound flight to the thriving Polish city where Wizz Air began life in 2004 was fully booked. The airline will operate a twice weekly service to both cities with fares starting as low as £39.99.

 

Welcoming Wizz Air to Northern Ireland the Finance Minister Simon Hamilton said: “Wizz Air’s new air routes to the Baltic States is a welcome development in Northern Ireland’s air connectivity.
“After my second visit to Estonia last week, to build business ties and advance digital collaboration with the Estonian Government, I can see the economic potential more direct flights to Eastern Europe can bring.
“Belfast International Airport is to be congratulated for securing Wizz Air’s two new routes and this increased air connectivity has the potential to deliver significant economic benefits for Northern Ireland by helping to boost trade, increase foreign direct investment and promote our appeal as a tourist destination.”

Belfast International Airport, Graham Keddie, said: “Wizz, in its distinctive purple and pink livery, is a most welcome addition to our airport. Wizz is a young, forward-looking airline with lots of energy and I have every reason to believe that Katowice and Vilnius will be outstanding successes. There’s ample scope to develop new routes and I know Wizz is looking at other new routes that are currently not served from Northern Ireland.”
Photo: Wizz Air’s Beata Stefan is joined by Finance Minister Simon Hamilton and Airport managing director Graham Keddie to celebrate Wizz Air’s inaugural flight from Belfast to Katowice, Poland. Natalie Jarmolinska and Katarzyna Laczny join in the fun.

 

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Belfast Belfast International Airport Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography Photography" https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/4/wizz-air-inugurates-new-flights-to-katowice Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:32:11 GMT
Heave ho! Boys Brigade pull together for fundraising campaign https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/3/boys-brigade-opening-new-doors-with-fire-engine-pull-at-belfast-international-airport Over 200 boys from the Boys Brigade pulled together at Belfast International Airport on Saturday to pull along a 36 tonne fire tender to raise money for the ŒOpening New Doors fundraising campaign.

The aim is to raise £400,000 towards the total project cost of £800,000, to develop the premises into a fit for purpose headquarters, conference, training and residential centre.

The Antrim Battalion has responded to this by organising a sponsored Fire Engine Pull at Belfast International Airport on Saturday 28th March 2015. Two hundred Boys and leaders took part in the challenge and successfully completed the event.

They are appealing for donations from the NI business community.The Boys Brigade in Northern Ireland moved its Headquarters and Training Centre in March 2014 to Newport, 117, Culcavey Road, Hillsborough, Co.Down.

 

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Belfast Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/3/boys-brigade-opening-new-doors-with-fire-engine-pull-at-belfast-international-airport Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:31:09 GMT
Eclipse taken from Carryduff at 9.38am Friday 20th March 2015 https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/3/eclipse-taken-from-carryduff-at-9-38am-friday-20th-march-2015

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Belfast Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography Photography" eclipse https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/3/eclipse-taken-from-carryduff-at-9-38am-friday-20th-march-2015 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:52:01 GMT
Give It A Shot! First Clay Pigeon Shooting Event For Mental Health Charity https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/3/give-it-a-shot-first-clay-pigeon-shooting-event-for-mental-health-charity Action Mental Health (AMH) announce their 2015 charity partnership in style with a fundraising-first for the organisation – the “Give It A Shot” Clay Pigeon Shooting event!

Partnered by local employer Wilson Group, AMH will host this fundraising event with a difference, continuing their theme of supporting sports and physical activity to improve the mental wellbeing of the nation.

One of the fastest growing sports in the UK today, Clay Shooting is a social, competitive, safe and fun sport. Accessible to men and women of all abilities, it is easy to learn but difficult to master!

This Shoot will take place on Saturday 30th May from 09.30 in Field of Dreams, 55 Upper Gransha Road, Bangor, BT19 7QE. Open primarily to experienced shooters who will bring their own guns, the £50 entry fee includes 40 birds, archery, BBQ lunch, prizes for Top Gun of £250, 1st of £150, 2nd  of £100 and 3rd of £50. There will also be a raffle drew on the day with other fantastic prizes up for grabs. 

To purchase tickets visit www.giveitashot.eventbrite.co.uk or contact Callum cclark@amh.org.uk or 028 9182 8494

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Action Mental Health Belfast Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/3/give-it-a-shot-first-clay-pigeon-shooting-event-for-mental-health-charity Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:23:01 GMT
‘Get on Yer Bikes’ for the Friends of the Cancer Centre https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/2/-get-on-yer-bikes-for-the-friends-of-the-cancer-centre Following on from the very successful Charity Cycle ride to Newcastle last year, Rockmount Golf Club have announced that this year’s Charity Cycle Ride will again be to Newcastle and will be on Sunday 12th April. The beneficiary from all proceeds raised this year will be the ‘Friends of the Cancer Centre’ based at the Belfast City Hospital.

Club Captain Eddie Donaldson stated "We are hoping for another tremendous event this year and not only are we inviting our own members and their families to partake, we would like to extend the offer out to members of other Golf Clubs to join us and help us raise vital funds for The Friends of the Cancer Centre".

Dr McAleer, Oncologist at the Cancer Centre, Belfast and Friends of the Cancer Centre trustee said ‘I am delighted to help launch this cycle event and it is set to be a fantastic day.  On behalf of Friends of the Cancer Centre, I would like to say a big thank you to the Captain and Lady Captain of Rockmount Golf Club for choosing Friends of the Cancer Centre as their charity partner.  The money raised will make a huge difference to the work of the charity and I wish them all the best for the 25 mile challenge.’ 

The cycle will start at 8.30am (with registration at 7.45am in the clubhouse) and is one way only. Transport will be laid on to bring cyclists and their bikes back to Rockmount from Newcastle if required. Everybody is invited back to Rockmount afterwards to 'recover' and enjoy the entertainment and also the final round of the Masters.

To register and obtain your sponsorship form please contact Eddie on Tel: 07808 183612 or email eddonaldson@btinternet.com

Pictured at the press launch are Jeff Lamb, Margaret Harrison (Lady Captain), Dr. Seamus McAleer (Oncologist), Eddie Donaldson (Captain) and Patricia McDonnell.

Rockmount urges all golfers to ‘Get on Yer Bikes’ for the Friends of the Cancer Centre

Following on from the very successful Charity Cycle ride to Newcastle last year, Rockmount Golf Club have announced that this year’s Charity Cycle Ride will again be to Newcastle and will be on Sunday 12th April. The beneficiary from all proceeds raised this year will be the ‘Friends of the Cancer Centre’ based at the Belfast City Hospital.
Club Captain Eddie Donaldson stated "We are hoping for another tremendous event this year and not only are we inviting our own members and their families to partake, we would like to extend the offer out to members of other Golf Clubs to join us and help us raise vital funds for The Friends of the Cancer Centre". 
The cycle will start at 8.30am (with registration at 7.45am in the clubhouse) and is one way only. Transport will be laid on to bring cyclists and their bikes back to Rockmount from Newcastle if required. Everybody is invited back to Rockmount afterwards to 'recover' and enjoy the entertainment and also the final round of the Masters.
To register and obtain your sponsorship form please contact Eddie on Tel: 07808 183612 or email eddonaldson@btinternet.com
Pictured at the press launch are Jeff Lamb, Margaret Harrison (Lady Captain), Dr. Seamus McAleer (Oncologist), Eddie Donaldson (Captain) and Patricia McDonnell.
Photo:Peter O’Hara

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Belfast Cancer Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography Photography" Rockmount https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/2/-get-on-yer-bikes-for-the-friends-of-the-cancer-centre Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:53:56 GMT
Get Your Running Shoes on for Action Mental Health https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/2/get-your-running-shoes-on-for-action-mental-health Take part in the Belfast City Marathon for Action Mental Health and help them
to change the lives of those living with mental ill health.

Sign up today at http://www.belfastcitymarathon.com and join TEAM AMH to run, fun
run, relay or walk 8 miles. Contact Callum cclark@amh.org.uk for your
complimentary AMH running vest and fundraising pack.

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Action Mental Health Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography Photography" https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/2/get-your-running-shoes-on-for-action-mental-health Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:23:34 GMT
'Baltic' Belfast https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/2/baltic-belfast I was doing a photoshoot in Victoria Park in East Belfast today and even the lake had frozen over!!!

BALTIC BELFAST
The frozen lake in Victoria Park in East Belfast.
Photo:Peter O’Hara Photography
BALTIC BELFAST
Birds and ducks pictured today at the frozen lake in Victoria Park in East Belfast.
Photo:Peter O’Hara Photography

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Belfast Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/2/baltic-belfast Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:30:45 GMT
Action Mental Health promote their 'Mental Health in the Workplace' conference https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/2/action-mental-health-promote-their-mental-health-in-the-workplace-conference Action Mental Health promote their 'Mental Health in the Workplace'
conference due to take place on 12th February 2015 in Derry in the Waterfoot Hotel.

Picture shows representative speakers of the conference: (L-R) Brendan
Miskelly (PWC) Gary Kane (AMH) Dwyer Gorman (Allstate)


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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography Photography" https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/2/action-mental-health-promote-their-mental-health-in-the-workplace-conference Mon, 02 Feb 2015 16:03:22 GMT
Champion Charlie and Citybeat say run for kids with cancer! https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/1/champion-charlie-and-citybeat-say-run-for-kids-with-cancer Belfast boy Charlie McCrea and Citybeat Breakfast presenters Stephen Clements and Sara Neill are urging people to sign up to run the Belfast City Marathon this year for Cancer Fund for Children – the charity that supported Charlie’s family after he was twice diagnosed with leukaemia as a baby.

Sign up to the Belfast City Marathon today and make 2015 the year YOU run for kids with cancer. For more info, email run@cancerfundforchildren.com or phone 028 9080 5599.

Pictured are Emma McCrea, Stephen Clements, Charlie McCrea and Sara Neill.


 

 

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) CFC Cancer Children Fund Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography Photography" for https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/1/champion-charlie-and-citybeat-say-run-for-kids-with-cancer Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:14:26 GMT
International Holocaust Memorial Day - 27th January 2015 https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/1/international-holocaust-memorioal-day---27th-january-2015 As part of International Holocaust Memorial Day flowers were placed at Belfast’s War Memorial by Neville Finch (Belfast Jewish Community) Dr Sandra Baillie (honorary secretary of the Council of Christians and Jews), and Ian Wilson, Northern Ireland War Memorial chairman, to remember the many who died at the hands of Nazis in death camps during the war.

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography Photography" https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2015/1/international-holocaust-memorioal-day---27th-january-2015 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:23:17 GMT
Rugby Legend Jack Kyle dies https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2014/11/rugby-legend-jack-kyle-dies Rugby legend Jack Kyle OBE passed away on 27th November 2014 aged 88 years. Jack won 46 caps for Ireland and 6 for the British and Irish Lions. He played in all 4 matches in 1948 when Ireland won their first Grand Slam.

He was a true gentleman and I had the pleasure of meeting him on a few occasions over recent years.

He is pictured below at an event in the NI War Memorial in Belfast in August 2012.

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Belfast Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2014/11/rugby-legend-jack-kyle-dies Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:51:33 GMT
Belfast's Cathedral Quarter hosts spectacular annual Culture Night https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2014/9/belfasts-cathedral-quarter-hosts-spectacular-annual-culture-night Belfast's Cathedral Quarter was turned into a magical stage which showcased the best of Belfast's Culture on 19th September 2014 at the 6th annual Culture Night. Everything from Community Circus members, musicians, roller derby to graffiti artist's was on show. Approx. 10,000 people travelled in to the City to view the spectacle.

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Belfast Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2014/9/belfasts-cathedral-quarter-hosts-spectacular-annual-culture-night Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:56:13 GMT
African Tribal Trek for Cancer Fund for Children https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2014/9/african-tribal-trek-for-cancer-fund-for-children Join Cancer Fund for Children on an awe-inspiring 100km African Tribal Trek adventure in Tanzania from 12-21 June 2015 and support the vital services we offer to children living with cancer in Northern Ireland.

Imagine experiencing, on foot, Africa’s incredible wildlife and the culture of local Maasai tribes. Set at a moderate difficulty level, this 10 day charity trek will take place in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, an 800 square km conservation area which plays host to the most beautiful African terrain and the world famous crater of the same name. Trek Africa highlights include views around the Lake Emakat which attracts buffalos, hyenas, leopards and pink flamingos as far as the eyes can see. You will also take in views of Oldoinyo Legai Volcano and an inspiring visit to the Maasai Village of Enayobi where you will experience Maasai tribal life and enjoy an evening in their warm and welcoming hospitality.

CFC ask each African Tribal Trek participant to raise a minimum sponsorship of £3,500 and they are there to help you every step of the way. When you register you will receive a dedicated fundraiser who you can contact at any time at their Belfast Office. Your fundraiser can meet with you to plan your fundraising for the year and help you reach your trek target. In addition to this you will receive a full trek support pack with everything you need to get started along with regular communications and updates right up until the day you board the plane!

For further information simply:

Call 028 9080 5599

Email alex@cancerfundforchildren.com

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Belfast Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2014/9/african-tribal-trek-for-cancer-fund-for-children Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:57:20 GMT
Have Funsie in a Onesie and help Cash for Kids support the Cancer Fund for Children https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2014/9/have-funsie-in-a-onesie-and-help-cash-for-kids-support-the-ni-cancer-fund-for-children Cancer Fund for Children are very excited to tell you about their cosiest fundraiser ever … Funsie in a Onesie with Cool FM and Downtown’s Cash for Kids in aid of Cancer Fund for Children! Tired of wearing the same old suit to work or blazer to school? Well Cancer Fund for Children have got the perfect excuse to ditch them! Pull on your onesie or pjs for the day in support of Cancer Fund for Children! Find out more http://www.coolfm.co.uk/charity/get-involved/events/onesie/

Pictured are Rebecca (NICFC) along with Cool FM DJ's

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Belfast Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2014/9/have-funsie-in-a-onesie-and-help-cash-for-kids-support-the-ni-cancer-fund-for-children Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:18:06 GMT
Go GOLD with Cancer Fund for Children for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2014/9/go-gold-with-nicfc-for-childhood-cancer-awareness-month Little Alara Basturk and her friend Nicole from Belfast are helping Cancer Fund for Children to shine a light on Childhood Cancer Awareness Month - September. They are launching a campaign to increase understanding of the disease as well as its long-term effects on the child and whole family. They'll be encouraging people to purchase and wear a gold ribbon to show their support and to change their social media profile pictures to a gold ribbon for the month of September to raise awareness. The charity is also urging people to donate by texting DAISY to 70555.

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peter@poharaphoto.com (Peter O'Hara Photography) Belfast Northern Ireland Peter O'Hara Photography https://www.poharaphoto.com/blog/2014/9/go-gold-with-nicfc-for-childhood-cancer-awareness-month Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:48:35 GMT