For the second year, the Grouped Parishes of St Colmanell’s and Portglenone and Drummaul, Duneane and Ballyscullion have run a very successful Fit for ME Fit for LIFE programme.
This encouraged ladies to take part in a series of walks co-ordinated by Aurelia Kelly, Amanda McCallion and Sarah Simpson.
The walks were held on three Wednesdays during May, and each walk was followed by a talk by a guest speaker and healthy refreshments.
On May 15, the walk started at St Colmanell’s Church, Ahoghill, with guest speaker Estelle Wallace, eating psychology and health & fitness coach.
Drummaul Parish Church, Randalstown, was the starting point for the walk on May 22, when the speaker was Patricia McVeigh – Walking Updates vlogger and business owner.
The final walk, on May 29 from Portglenone Parish Hall, was a soggy affair, thanks to non-stop rain, but this did not deter the 51 ladies and girls who turned up for the Fisherman’s Walk along the River Bann.
Afterwards there were healthy refreshments and a talk by guest speaker Janice from Ballymena Foodbank.
Organiser Aurelia said: “To all our guest speakers, thank you for your words of inspiration, hope and self-belief. Thank you also to the ladies from our neighbouring group of parishes of Craigs, Dunaghy & Killagan for supporting us.”
Aurelia extended a special thank you to her two partners in Fit for ME Fit for LIFE, Sarah and Amanda. “Our strength is in our togetherness,” she said.
Plans are already underway for Fit for ME Fit for LIFE 3, when the project will be expanding to welcome Wendy Halligan from the Grouped Parishes of Craigs, Dunaghy and Killagan, turning this into an eight-parish initiative in 2020.