The North West Simon Community has announced an enjoyable evening of health, wellbeing and gratitude with inspiring speakers this October.

Taking place on Sunday 23rd October 2022 in the Villa Rose Hotel Ballybofey, the event will be the platform for the launch of the Friends of North West Simon Community.

The North West Simon Community relies heavily on public support to survive, and with demanding growing at record rates, the charity is in need of urgent support.

Tickets for the fundraising and awareness event are now available on Eventbrite for €35 and include a host of motivational speakers and a delicious afternoon tea. All proceeds go to North West Simon Community.

Collette Ferguson, Development Officer North West Simon Community urges the public to:  “Join us for a red-carpet welcome with Autumn punch and Sunday afternoon tunes followed by motivational speakers to inspire happiness, well-being and gratitude, whilst you enjoy a delicious Villa Rose Classic Afternoon Tea.”

Evelyn Mc Glynn from Donegal Mammy will introduce a selection of keynote speakers and panellists. Evelyn will MC this great event and encourage all the speakers to share their top tips and learnings with the audience.

Keynote Speakers

Cathy Kelly Sweeney – Marketing Consultant and Executive Coach 

Cathy will share her personal journey with us and discuss how she turned her life around after struggling with burnout and demands in her personal and working life. Through a calm positive delivery Cathy will inspire you to acknowledge gratitude and bring mindfulness into your life.

Annmarie HoustonVisual Awareness Trainer/Enneagram Facilitator

Annmarie lost her ability to see in the prime of her life. A positive and inspiring lady Annmarie will share with us how she has overcome disability and the challenges she has had to deal with.

Suzanne GriffinExpert in Anatomy and Movement

Suzanne has been passionate about understanding movement all her life. On the day Suzanne will offer solutions on how to build your Core Strength from your seated position and offer top tips on how motion definitely is your lotion!

Meet the Panel:

Following our Keynote Speakers, we will have contributions from a panel of inspiring leaders whose strength of character and actions have inspired others in their community.

Sandra DevenneyGeneral Manager of McElhinneys and well known for her 5@5 during lockdown, Sandra has worked for Mc Elhinneys for almost nine years. She believes her life skills and experience led her to where she is today and she feels she has come “home”. An inspiring leader she is passionate about people and the importance of working together, and emphasises the importance of creating a positive culture in every area of her life.

Jo DalyCo Owner of Quay West restaurant and President of Donegal Women in Business Network has resilience running through her veins! What is her secret? How does she continue to step up to the challenges of business and life? Her community spirit has given so much to those in her area and Jo will share her passion for supporting and giving to others.

Tara Louise McCaughey – Zinc Media Agency is a suicide survivor and incredibly proud of how her hard work over the past few years has helped her to not only to grow as a person but as a mother and a business owner too. She has turned her demons into stepping posts. By educating herself on mental health, she tries to bring hope to others by being at the forefront of some fantastic mental health initiatives in her area.    

Collette Ferguson said: ” I am looking forward to an inspiring and motivating event and in this great space of gratitude and positivity we will prepare a launching pad for Friends of North West Simon Community. This initiative to create a region-wide network of supporters who will promote and support our model of service delivery, and join our fundraising and campaigning activities to increase awareness of homelessness in the region, is needed now more than ever. Our pleas to Government for core funding have so far fallen on deaf ears, and without our Friends of North West Simon Community essential services may soon be lost.”

North West Simon Community works to Prevent and Resolve Homelessness throughout Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo.

All proceeds on the day will go directly to support North West Simon Community Early Intervention services that aim to Stop Homelessness Before It Starts.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite

For further information on North West Simon Community or any of their other fundraising efforts in Donegal contact Collette on 087 0552478 

Details of how to join Friends of North West Simon will be available shortly on our website: