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Give More Super-givers Provide Inspiration

16 September 2013

Five super-givers from Northern Ireland have been awarded the title of “Give More Star” by a UK-wide campaign, partnered by Volunteer Now, in recognition of the work they are doing for charities in Northern Ireland.

The Fab Five do a huge amount of work not only fundraising but also by spending time directly helping local people and the community. Now they’re encouraging others to take part in the Give More Challenge from 16-22 September to show the generosity of people in Northern Ireland.

Mark Hanna is an incredible whirlwind of a man who organises fundraising events for Marie Curie raising thousands of pounds after being personally moved by his experiences with a local hospice.

Sister Olive Cooney who, at 81, does the laundry for a large number of homeless people in Belfast on behalf of charity The Welcome Organisation.

Maeve Monaghan helped found a “giving circle” that now has 27 female members and has raised £30,000 to give to a range of projects in Northern Ireland.

Scott Higginson, who owns his own pizza business in Belfast, has delivered free pizzas to monthly meetings of families who lost loved ones to cancer for the past four years. He also mentors young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Joan Doherty works tirelessly for many charities and church groups but recently set up Derry’s first support group for Marie Curie, which raised £22,000 in its first year.

The Give More Challenge is a week of action running from 16th-22nd September and will encourage everyone across Northern Ireland to make a pledge to give more support to the communities, charities or good causes they care about, and help spread the word to others.  For every pledge made, a pin will appear on the Give More Challenge map of giving at www.givemorechallenge.org.

At the end of this week, the plan is for the map to be completely covered with pins.

The Challenge is an initiative of the Give More campaign, a movement which has already secured over 32,000 pledges from people across the UK, with almost 4,000 from Northern Ireland alone, giving more to charities and good causes they care about.

Wendy Osborne said, “We are delighted to support the Give More Campaign as it helps share the volunteering message.  If this is the first you have pledged to give more, we want you to take the next step to get involved by searching the volunteering opportunities available across Northern Ireland and taking the next step to get involved.  Sister Olive, Mark, Maeve, Scott and Joan all give time to their communities, they are passionate about what they do and provide inspiration for others to give more too.”

Have a go on the search the bar at the top to see what you can do.