Make One Change 2017 Winners!!!!!!


The Parent Hub Donegal would like to thank all those families across the county who once again have committed to Making One Change to improve family life. There was a large number of families from the Lifford  and  Letterkenny areas who entered this year’s free draw but the spread across the county was significant.  Families from Mountcharles, Donegal Town, Burtonport , Killybegs, Kilcar, Cloghan, Ballybofey, Stranorlar, Killygordon, Drumkeen, Convoy, Raphoe , Ballindrait, Burt, Malin, Carndonagh, Clonmany, Quigley’s Point, Moville,  Culdaff, Newtowncunningam, Churchill, Trentagh, Kilmacrennan, Creeslough, Carrigart and Ramelton all made a commitment to change. Once again many families committed to improving their physical health by becoming more active (swimming,walking or other exercise), eating healthily and getting more sleep. A number of families committed to mountain climbing together. Spending quality family time together was high on people’s agendas with families committing to family walks, eating together and family games or family film nights. Talking to each other more often and finding out about each others’ day featured for a number of families. Reducing screentime/ phonetime was another common commitment for families. Many families committed to improving communication through listening more,using  better tones, being more positive towards each other and avoiding arguments. All the commitments made by families for 2017 are very worthwhile and we wish them well for the year ahead.

We had 12 prizes in total for the 2017 draw thanks to the kindness of all our sponsors. The Winners are :

Bergin Family Letterkenny : 3 Month Family Membership for Aura Leisure Complex

Merritt Family, Ballybofey : Dinner for Four, Lough Eske Castle.

Mc Leods, Ballindrait : Voucher for Gartan Outdoor Centre.

Leeney Family, Carrigart : Voucher for Gartan Outdoor Centre.

Mc Keever Family, Ballybofey : Family Pass, Century Cinemas

Devlin Family, Clonmany : Voucher for Spraoi agus Sport

Margey Family, Letterkenny : Family Pass, Century Cinemas

Oates Family, Lifford : Family Pass, Century Cinemas

Mc Geoghan Family, Quigley’s Point : Family Bowling, Arena Seven.

Mc Ginley Family, Ballindrait : Family Pass, Century Cinemas

Dobbins Family, Burt : Voucher for Letterkenny Activity Centre

Meehan Family, Lifford : Voucher for Ionad Cois Locha, Dunlewey Centre.

Prizes are on the way to all our winners. Many Thanks to all our sponsors including Aura Letterkenny, Lough Eske Castle, Gartan Outdoor Centre, Century Cinemas, Spraoi Aguus Sport, Letterkenny Activity Centre, Arena Seven and Dunlewey Centre.





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