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This year Honda are celebrating 30 years in Ireland and to celebrate they have launched an amazing initiative to help raise the profile of local clubs around Ireland stopping off in different counties with the overall winner in each county winning €5,000.

The campaign has kicked off Galway and we headed down to Motorpark for the official launch. The campaign is called Powering Local Dreams and it’s a competition designed to support the local community by telling their stories and granting a €5,000 cash prize to the winning club, group or organization.

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Every community group, club and organization in Galway who celebrates, includes, values, nurtures, shares and enhances their community is welcome to get involved. Simply complete the online application form from Honda, detailing the role and contribution of your group, and how you would use the prize money.

John Saunders, Sales and Marketing Director, Universal Honda Ireland said that

“Honda is operating in Ireland for over 30 years and through our network of locally owned and run dealerships we are right in the heart of the community. We see Powering Local Dreams as an opportunity for us to give back, so I would like to invite every group and organization from all over Galway to take part and formerly wish them all good luck.”

So submit your entry online, or by post, before Friday 29th of July 2016.

Honda’s 3 judges will then shortlist 3 finalists who each will each be profiled online with the opportunity to tell their unique story. Over two weeks from 19th of August to 2nd of September, the public will ultimately decide who the overall winner is by voting for their favorite finalist online. The group with the most public votes wins €5,000.

Best of luck and remember to use #HondaDreams on your social media

 

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I was telling my friend Lisa I have to lay off the training for a few days before the Red Bull ‘Wings for Life World Run’ tomorrow. I pushed it to much during the week and pulled a muscle. I’m incrediblly resilient and positive but I couldn’t help feeling a little anxious and disappointed especially after all the hard work I’ve put in. I’m eating well and resting so finers crossed tomorrow will go well.

Lisa was giving some words of encouragement and I don’t know about you but I draw a lot of my inspiration from other people. So let me tell you why Lisa’s friend Sinead Kane who is also running the wings for life race on Sunday in Brazil has inspired me!

Sinead is 33 and was born with 5% vision in both eyes. She experienced severe bullying in school because of her disability, and was told by teachers she would not make anything of her life. Sinead comes from a family with visual impairments, but with her strength and courage, and her family’s support she has defied all the odds and became Ireland’s first blind solicitor.

Sinead’s first experience of running was when she was asked to do a 10km run for childvision in 2012. Her love affair with running continued and in October last year with the aid of a guide she was the first visually impaired female to complete the Dublin Marathon, in just over four hours. February saw her complete a 50km race in under five hours, yes she is that good!

Along the journey with Sinead has been her guide ultra runner John O’Regan, who is actually Ireland’s 2014 wings for life winner. Together the duo will take on the Wings for life world run in Brazil tomorrow May 3rd.

Lisa last saw Sinead on Tuesday, the day before she flew out to Brasil with John. She genuinely couldn’t believe she was flying to Brazil to compete in a global race, saying ‘I would never have believed you if you told me three years ago that I’d be doing this, when in school I was always the last one to be chosen in P.E, and now it’s kind of like I’m living a part of my childhood over again’.

Sinead and John are there now enjoying the sites and the lovely weather and no doubt doing some training for Sunday.

Sinead never let anyone or anything get in her way of achieving her dreams, and you shouldn’t either. If you want to follow Sinead’s journey this Sunday find her on Facebook; www.facebook.com/TheKaneAbility and on www.twitter.com/KaneSinead

I really hope to see lots of you tomorrow for the Wings for Life World Run in Dun Laoghaire. I’m the very proud ambassador for Honda who have also given me the ability to achieve a lot of my dreams in the past few years.

Through Lisa who is an incrediblly positive person and a ray of light I’m now being inspired by her friend Sinead. So remember to surround yourself with people who inspire you and no matter what you do or who you are just remember as Sinead has proven; If you can dream it, you can do it!

Honda and Motorpark Galway will open the festive season in Galway in real style on Thursday 27th November with an action-packed Launch Event at their new Honda Showroom.

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It promises to be a stylish, fun-filled and enjoyable evening with top entertainment, fashion, food and wine.

Beginning with a Drinks Reception in the Honda Showroom, for this great evening I will be partnering with some of Ireland’s top models from Assets including Sarah Morrissey, Karen Fitzpatrick, Yomiko, Lynn Kelly and male model!!!! Matthew John!!

There will also be Shiseido Cosmetics Make-Up demonstrations showing ladies on the night how to go from day to evening looks during the Christmas season in partnership with Make-Up Artist Mary Jane McKenna, and award winning hair stylist Sabrina Hill will show you how to achieve the perfect christmas look.

Alison and Christine Carolan from HappyNest will discuss the importance of car seat safety especially during the festive season.

Last but not least we will dance into the night with well-known Motown group The Papa Zitas who will keep the party going until late.

This is definitely an evening not to be missed with wine, food and goody bags for all, as well as great spot prizes, including a special hamper from Weleda for Best Dressed Lady on the night. This event takes place at Motorpark’s state-of-the-art Showrooms on the Headford Road, Galway.

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Numbers for this Launch Event are limited, so to confirm your free ticket you can contact the team at Motorpark on kmulligan@motorpark.ie or (091) 741192

 

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CORK SHOW FRONT OF INVITEHONDA CORK BACK OF INVITEI’m delighted to be hosting my first Honda ladies evening in Cork in association with Johnson and Perrott on Thursday October 16th.

This show is part of a nationwide series in association with Honda, the evening will showcase the latest in fashion and parenting with wine and food for all.

Model agent, personality and businesswoman Celia Holman-Lee will be joining me on the evening to host a styling workshop, giving great style tips and advice to ladies on the night. Their will also be a Fashion Show with all looks available from the top fashion stores in Mahon Point shopping center.

Benefit Cosmetics Make-Up will be on stage showing mums how good eyebrows can shape your face and take away the signs of tiredness.

Mary Jane McKenna, beauty columnist with The Cork independent and beauty Editor with Hi Magazine will then share with the audience her secrets to acing the perfect base and how to contour like a pro with her trademark Glambox.

Hairstylist Sabrina Hill of the award winning Kopper Hair Salon will also share her tips on how to style hair fabulous. Whether it’s wavy locks or fast volume Sabrina shares her secrets from her popular YouTube tutorials in clear easy steps.

In the area of Parenting and Childhood, Alison is delighted to welcome Val Mullally MA, founder of Koemba. Val will be discussing a Coaching Approach to Parenting, and through her work promotes the support of families to think, connect and behave in a more clear and compassionate manner in order to live more joyfully. Leading parenting retailers Tony Kealy’s will talk about car seat safety and Christine Carolan from www.happynest.ie will be showcasing her new products.

This is definitely an evening not to be missed with great spot prizes, goodie bags including Oh Baby magazine, MAM and spatone products to name just a few. There will also be a special Benefit Cosmetics hamper for Best Dressed Lady on the night. The ladies of Cork will enjoy an evening of expert advice, fashion, food and wine.

This event takes place at Johnson & Perrott’s state-of-the-art Showrooms in the Mahon Point Retail Park, Cork. heres a link to our last show:

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Numbers for this Ladies Evening are limited, so to confirm your free ticket you can contact the team at Johnson & Perrott on events@jpmahonpoint.ie or (021) 4615220

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