Sixteen–year–old Scout Daniel O’Mahony, who climbed Slieve Donard in August to help light the Paralympic flame, will be the special guest at the All Saints’ Messy Church on Sunday October 7.
Daniel’s left leg was amputated below the knee. He will be sharing the story of his epic climb as part of the hour–long programme of stories, quizzes, games, fun–songs, refreshments and fellowship which makes up this unique event aimed at parents with young children.
This month the theme will be ‘Celebrating the Paralympics’ and activities will include a range of simple sporting events based on the famous games, such as a blindfold obstacle course.
Daniel’s story will be an eye–opener for the children, as he is a great role–model. When he applied to join the Scouts he ticked ‘none’ in the box asking about special needs because he doesn’t consider himself to be any different.
He went rock–climbing and the instructor didn’t even realise he was an amputee. He enjoys water–skiing, skiing, tennis, football, rugby, running and swimming and generally gets involved in everything.
Messy Church takes place in All Saints’ Hall, Linn Road at 11.30am on the first Sunday of every month and any parents [or grandparents] with young children are all most welcome to attend. For more information contact Roger Thompson [rector of St Patrick’s with All Saints’] on 028 2858 3220, e–mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.messychurch.org