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Michaela Foundation

The terrible death and tragedy of Michaela Harte McAreavey touched everyone’s heart and soul. Those who knew her told of the beautiful person, the loving person, the fun person, the faith person and the kind hearted person, who was more concerned for others than for herself. After her death her husband John, her family and others agreed that something should be organised to benefit others and to pass on the values for life and faith by which Michaela lived her life. They set up a Foundation, the Michaela Foundation, with a management team for the day to day running of the organisation and a Board of Trustees.
The mission of Michaela Foundation is to promote core values through each and every activity of the camp programme and the Michaela Foundation Core values are as follows;
Irish – The love of Irish language and cultural identity
Faith – The development of trust and a relationship with God who loves us dearly.
Fun – Having fun throughout our life!
Well-Being – Looking after our mental and physical self and that of others
Fashion – An expression of our creativity and artistic self.
In order to achieve the mission, the primary focus has been through the Michaela Foundation Girls Summer Camp. These camps provide the opportunity to spend 1 week at a time with girls aged 11-13 during the summer to promote  core values through carefully planned programmes of activity. They are planned to inspire and support young people in Ireland to reach these values. The Foundation wants every young person to feel loved and to see how beautiful they truly are. To do this young volunteers are trained in how to achieve this and inspire them to follow the ethos of the Foundation and to be role models of Michaela Foundation. Since the first Camp in 2012 over 6,000 girls have gone through the programme and it has trained over 400 Volunteer Leaders. The Michaela Foundation Girls’ Summer Camp is like no other! It offers girls aged 11-13 a week of unforgettable fun filled activities and the fact that many girls return for three years is testament to the enjoyment and benefits of the Camp Programme.  As well as the camps the Foundation also organise Workshops, Retreats and Talks and Presentations.
For the past couple of years a Summer Camp has been organised in Clones using the Primary School premises on the Roslea road. the 2018 Camp ended on Friday, July 20th with Mass and presentation of Certificates. Parents and family members were invited to attend. A very meaningful and inspirational Mass was celebrated by local priest, Fr. Cathal Deery, who in his homily focused on the outcomes of the programme and told each participant to concentrate on what they learned about themselves and to plan their lives in conjunction with God’s plan for them. The girls and the Leaders participated fully in the liturgy and provided the Sacred Music and hymns. After Mass Monaghan Rose, Hannah Mooney, presented each girl with her Certificate and this was followed by a very energetic dance display. Tea and refreshments were served to all and the long ‘goodbye’s’ began as new friends parted company and a certain sadness that the week went so quickly. There were many signs of how much the girls related positively to their leaders and to the Co-ordinator, Roisin Sheridan, who obviously did a wonderful job of running the Camp for the week. Her enthusiasm and energy, and that of the other leaders, was infectious and had been embraced by the Campettes. It was a beautiful afternoon and a very moving one and I was very impressed by the atmosphere, which the event engendered among those present.

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