Last weekend over 80 young people enjoyed a fantastic adventure weekend with their Big Brothers and Sisters in the majestic setting of Delphi Mountain Resort, Connemara, Galway.
The event was the initiated by a former Galway Big Sister, Gill Carroll, who was inspired by the programme; “becoming a Big Sister was the most inspiring thing I have every done in my life. I was a Big Sister for five years and my little sister inspired me in ways I didn’t think possible. Young people in Ireland need strong supportive role models in their lives, BBBS provided me with the opportunity to do this, and now I would like to thank them for all they have done by organising and fundraising for this great event to keep the energy and inspiration flowing in BBBS mentoring relationships nationally”.
The event was funded through a donation from the proceeds of an adventure race called the ‘Heart of Galway Challenge’ organised by ‘Project Impact’. Pat Divilly, Gill Carroll and a number of individuals from Galway set up the 'Project Impact' foundation with the hope of changing many lives in 2016. Their aim is to support existing charities and those who need a helping hand to get back on their feet.
The main aim of the national gathering was to bring together Bigs and Littles from all over Ireland to assist in strengthening their relationships.
During the adventure weekend participants took part in an array of activities; such as kayaking, surfing, high ropes, zip wire, art and mindfullness workshops and a fun table quiz. The weekend was an opportunity for participants to enjoy fun and games together as-well as discovering more about their Big and Little.
Staff member: Mary Lynch of the Big Brother Big Sister Programme said, “This weekend was a real celebration of the programme and it was wonderful to witness the unique interaction between a little and their Big Brother/Sister; from a shared joke or a smile, to the support and encouragement in activities. I think participants shared amazing memories that will last a lifetime.”