Benhaffaf twins get Shannon’s special VIP treatment

first_imgShannon Airport “has been abandoned” Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins Advertisement Twitter Facebook Print Pictured with Hassan, left, and Hussein Benhaffaf, is Shannon Airport Fire and Rescue Service members Patrick Ryan, Martina Ryan, Declan O’Neill, Ailish Brett and Austin Clair.Picture: Diarmuid Greene COURAGEOUS twins Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, who were conjoined at birth but survived thanks to a miraculous operation to separate them, took on the role of Operation Managers at Shannon Airport this week.The Cork twins, who have already had 45 operations and are facing a lifetime of surgery, landed at Shannon and boldly took to their temporary task. The initiative was all part of a weekend of treats in the region put together for the twins by Share A Dream founder Shay Kinsella after he met the boys and their mother Angie.Their visit to Shannon Airport was one of the high-points of their time in the Mid-West. It followed a visit to Dreamland Limerick – the first fully accessible, inclusive fun centre in Ireland, before checking into the five-star Savoy Hotel for an overnight stay.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The courageous twins got the VIP treatment as they got to go behind the scenes to see how Shannon Airport works.“We’ve had VIPs coming through Shannon for decades, among them some of the most famous people in the world but I’m not sure we’ve met any as special as these two boys,” said airport operations director, Niall Maloney.Pictured in the cockpit of an Aer Lingus jet are Hassan, left, and Hussein Benhaffaf.Picture: Diarmuid Greene“Airports are magical places for youngsters but the boys are magical in their own right and we were absolutely delighted to have them. This was about a treat for them but it was a treat for us also. They’re an inspiration and Shannon Airport is now officially a big fan of theirs. As our chosen staff charity for 2018 we were delighted to support the Share a Dream Foundation in making the boys’ wishes come true,” he added.Hassan and Hussein’s mother Angie said they had a brilliant two days with the visit to Shannon capping it all off.“The airport staff couldn’t have been more helpful. It’s a busy day for the airport but they were so generous with their time and the boys loved every minute of it,” she added.More local news here. WhatsApp TAGSconjoinedCorkHassan and Hussein BenhaffafoperationShannon airportShare A DreamTwins RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity Linkedin Previous articleAmbulance workers get ambulantNext articleFree lecture on Water Immersion for Labour to take place at University Maternity Hospital Limerick next week Alan Jacques One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuilding Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe NewsLocal NewsBenhaffaf twins get Shannon’s special VIP treatmentBy Alan Jacques – April 13, 2018 1248 Emaillast_img read more

Call for marathon runners to support GROW

first_imgNewsCommunitySportCall for marathon runners to support GROWBy Staff Reporter – October 24, 2019 157 Green Ribbon Month aims to help end stigma and discrimination about mental health Karen seeks mental health support for cancer patients Linkedin Hand photo created by katemangostar – www.freepik.comAs athletes are putting in their final preparations for the Dublin City Marathon, one of Ireland’s leading mental health support groups, GROW, is calling on participants from Limerick City & County to consider raising funds for the charity.For those who have not yet selected a charity, GROW is asking that they consider contacting family, friends and colleagues and encouraging them to make a donation. As a result, not only will you enjoy the personal satisfaction of completing the marathon, but doing it in aid a charity will make it even more worthwhile as GROW meetings are held regularly throughout Limerick City & County.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It would be particularly fitting to support GROW as the charity is celebrating its 50th anniversary of providing support within the community to people dealing with all types of mental health challenges.Joan Diffley, Jacki Hehir & Michael Crowe called on athletes to lend support to GROW and help people recover from mental health issues.“The challenges that athletes face during training and the marathon itself are similar in many respects to the challenges faced by people who struggle on a daily basis with their mental well-being. GROW’s recovery programme prepares people to take small, but very significant and practical steps towards achieving their ultimate goal of personal recovery.“What is unique about GROW is that it is a community-based organisation that provides support and education around emotional and mental wellbeing through weekly free meetings. “These meetings provide mutual help, understanding and encouragement to those who are struggling with any aspect of mental health from depression to stress, anxiety, loneliness or isolation and to those experiencing financial and physical difficulties,” explained Joan Diffley, Jacki Hehir & Michael Crowe.International research on GROW’s group method shows that “over a period of time they need significantly less professional help and have less chance of relapse. They are significantly more likely to be in employment and will have wider support networks. They are also more likely to reduce, or dispense with, medication”.If you are interested in supporting GROW you can donate on, alternatively contact the charity on email at [email protected] or GROW Office, 33 Henry Street, Limerick, Tel: 061 318813 for sponsorship cards. If you, or anybody you know, could benefit from GROW please contact us at this number. Limerick Post Show | Limerick Mental Health Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Mental Health Charity Let’s Get Talking open new outreach in Midwest Print WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleKate’s fundraiser leaves its mark on family and friendsNext articleLimerick Post Show | Keywest Staff Reporter Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook TAGScharitydublin city marathonLimerick City and CountymarathonMental Healthsupport Email Advertisement Text for mental health supportlast_img read more