At the end of last year I was approached by Laura McManus of Mencap for Northern Ireland. She was involved in organising the 2011's Y Factor Project. This was a show that travelled across Northern Ireland showcasing local talent in a singing contest. Anyone was free to enter the competition and each heat had an overall winner that then went on to the final heat in Omagh. Of course I jumped at the chance to be apart of such a great project. A close family friend has a daughter with down syndrome and I know first hand how hard it can be to try to get peoples prejudice's lifted. I was lucky enough to be working along side the beautiful Jennifer Ireland, an amazing Makeup Artist and now good friend. We travelled to Belfast, Londonderry, Newry and Omagh. Lots of fun for us on our multiply road trips. The overall winner of the Y Factor Project was Kate McCusker, she was so talented. She took part in the Omagh heat and made it through to sing again in the final. She sang an acoustic version of Adele's "make you feel my love" and blew everyone away with her talent. A worthy winner indeed! This was all in the bid to raise awareness of what Mencap actually does in Northern Ireland. This charity helps so many families and children with learning disabilities and difficulties. It helps educate people also and make us more aware of what can be done to help in the education and well being of the young children and families affected. I met some amazing beautiful people through being part of this Project and would like to thank everyone involved. An amazing amount of money was raised throughout the course of the Project, nearly £30'000!!! FANTASTIC!!!
If you would like to find out more about what Mencap NI does please follow the link to their facebook page and for video footage taken by the Belfast Telegraph click the link below.
Belfast Telegraphs Review