TORONTO:The grandeur of the National Anthem reverberated around 65 Trinity Street where the 2015 Toronto CIBC Para Pan Athletes’ Village is located, as the Jamaican flag was hoisted on the country’s Independence Day, at the welcome ceremony on Thursday.Brand Jamaica was on show as officials and athletes, attired uniformly in the national colours, assembled with Jamaicans residing in Canada, who bonded with team Jamaica in an expression of national unity.Several hand-held flags were waved in a flurry of patriotism, while the contingent’s media outfit captured expressions of pride on camera. The occasion was celebratory, but reflections on the purpose of the journey and the business at hand introduced a solemnity which gave the ceremony greater meaning for Jamaica’s athletes.Chef de Mission, Randolph Jones, led team Jamaica into the international zone where flag-raising ceremonies at international and regional Games are customarily held, and after the flag was hoisted, he presented Jamaica’s gift of the globally acclaimed Blue Mountain Coffee and an assortment of Jamaican spices to a representative of the mayor, who in turn handed him a replica of the 2015 Toronto Para Pan American torch.Music, modern and cultural, and dances performed by youth to the sounds of generational hilts, characterised the ceremony in which Brazil and Bermuda were the other participants.”The ceremony was a celebration of sport, its camaraderie, friendship, and unifying influence, and team Jamaica embodied that expression,” said Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association.Wayne and Heather Fullwood and Roger Shaw, Jamaicans residing in Canada, celebrated with the team, and after the ceremony, the festivities continued in the Chef de Mission’s office with the volunteers assigned to Jamaica, who have become, in their words, “totally Jamaicanised”.
THE FAMILY of brave schoolgirl Noirin Nic Garbhaith has launched a fundraising drive to see if US clinical trials can help her condition.Noirin suffered severe spinal injuries in a car crash in May 2008.Now aged seven, she has defied all the odds with her spirit for life and is a cheerful pupil at Scoil Mhuire in Derrybeg – as well as being active in swimming and horse riding! Her amazing thirst for life has won admirers all over the world.Her Spinal Cord Injury has now been assessed at the Shriner’s Medical Centre in Philadelphia where doctors believe a cure could be achieved in the next decade.The family has now decided to help fundraise for the research which could lead to that cure.Donegaldaily.com is encouraging readers to make a donation to that research – which involves stem cell implants – at www.justadollarplease.org. Noirin’s mum Sonia said her little girl always remains positive despite all she has faced.“There are moments however when we all struggle to come to terms with what has happened and how our lives have been turned upside down,” she said.“Our family has spent the last three years trying to adapt to our new way of life while encouraging Noirin to be as independent and happy as possible.“We have trying our best to come to keep the complications of SCI to a minimum but this is easier said than done.“As a parent there is an inate urge to find to fix the problem and while I realise there is no cure for SCI at present, I am aware that there is a lot happening in this area and I wish to take an active part in this for Noirin and for all those living with this injury.” Six patients spinal cords have been injected with umbilical cord stem cells – led by Dr Wise Young at Rutgers University, New Jersey.Noirin’s loving family are planning a number of fundraisers in the coming months – and we’ll be highlighting them here on donegaldaily.com.We’re asking all our Facebook friends to send this story to as many people as possible.And please make a donation. BRAVE NOIRIN’S FAMILY IN HOPE FOR MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH – AND YOU CAN HELP! was last modified: March 25th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:derrybegnoirinSCIstem cell research