LOCAL woman Anne McKinney has been described as “an inspiration” to many women in Tyrone after picking up the prestigious Margarette Golding Award, at an awards ceremony in the Silverbirch.
Anne has been a dedicated and enthusiastic member of the Omagh Inner Wheel Club, which is an all female organisation which promotes friendship with service.
As a member of the club for 30 years, she has taken on many roles, serving as overseas service organiser, secretary and president twice, never missing an event.
She juggled these roles, as a busy mother to four sons and for the last 45 years she has been the carer to three of her sons who have special needs.
Despite her devotion to her sons needs and wellbeing, she still finds time to be a friend and a helper to numerous good and deserving causes in the community.
The Omagh woman champions many charities and over the years she has raised thousands of pounds for worthy causes. Anne raised money for Mencap which supports people with disabilities and special needs. In addition she is member of NSPCC, giving her time and boundless energy to their fundraising events.
As a carer herself, Anne has played an important role in the local ‘Time 4 Me’ Carers Group which provides support and a range of health, well-being and social activities for carers. Her commitment and years of experience as a carer has been an inspiration to others who face this demanding role in their lives.
As a valued member of her church, she plays an active role in both pastoral and church committee groups and is a leading and founding member of the recently formed Baptismal group.
Not only is Anne McKinny involved in large amounts of community work, she also sings in the cross community choir ‘Together One Voice’.
The choir reaches across the divides in Northern Ireland in an endeavour to bring peace and harmony to communities.
President of the Omagh Inner Wheel Club, Mary Haley said, “Anne’s enthusiasm and wholehearted devotion to every project she supports, coupled with her genuine care for all, with whom she comes in contact and her positive and upbeat outlook on life is an inspiration to all.
“This award is a fitting recognition of her sustained commitment and dedication to people with disabilities, to their carers and her local community.”
Anne was awarded the Margarette Golding Award based on her long number of years service in the Inner Wheel, her charity work and great deal of commitment on a regular basis.