Council Reception Highlights Contribution of Shine
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s Deputy Chairperson, Councillor Oksana McMahon, hosted a reception on Wednesday 24 October 2018, to highlight the work of Shine, a UK wide charity which provides specialist advice and support for spina bifida and hydrocephalus, in the Council area.
Councillor McMahon expressed her admiration for the members and families of Shine and thanked Shine staff for their invaluable contribution. She said, “As Deputy First Citizen I am constantly amazed by the spirit, dedication and commitment shown throughout the community of Newry, Mourne and Down. Shine works to make a positive difference to the lives of people affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus, and associated conditions and their contribution can be truly life changing.
“I am particularly interested in Shine’s campaign for more awareness of the appropriate use of folic acid as a preventative measure, and I wish you well as you drive this campaign forward.
“We are extremely fortunate to have a support group like Shine which provides advice on health; on accessing equipment; on access to mainstream and specialist education; and on access to benefits. The provision of this type of support, and the emotional support given, is critical to the betterment of those living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, their families and carers.
“Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has, as one of its strategic objectives, empowering and improving the capacity of our communities. Organisations such as Shine are vital to our Council in achieving this objective. It is by working together that successful outcomes are achieved.”
The representatives from Shine also gave an overview of their services, following which Councillor McMahon took the opportunity to speak informally with those attending the reception.