By Anton McCabe, reporting on behalf of VIEWdigital. Pictures: Northwest Newspix
The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane, Brian Tierney, kicked off the latest issue of VIEW magazine in Strabane yesterday (August 25).
Councilor Tierney, is pictured above, second from left, with SDLP MP Daniel McCrossan, far left, and Anne O’Neill, chair of the Kathleen Graham Trust; Brian Pelan, Editor-in-Chief of VIEW, and Kathryn Johnston, Associate Editor of VIEWdigital.
The latest issue of the VIEW issue honors the work of frontline workers and community volunteers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Mayor said he was delighted to launch the edition at the Fir Trees Hotel in Strabane.
âI think this is a very important edition, highlighting the work of the community and the voluntary sector during the pandemic,â he said.
âI am very happy to see my friend and colleague, the Deputy Mayor of Belfast, Paul McCusker, as guest editor. I can’t wait to read it.
The Kathleen Graham Trust supported the issue. Trust President Anne O’Neill said they were delighted VIEW chose Strabane. âAs a community, we have experienced more than our share of hardships. “
That was not all, she added: âThere was a spirit of sharing among the people of this region. It takes people like the community activists here today to get people to act. During the pandemic, local volunteers from the Kathleen Graham Trust organized services such as distributing food to those at risk; friendly service; and the manufacture and distribution of personal protective equipment.
Ms. O’Neill explained that the Trust stems from the generosity of lottery winners Frances and Peter Connolly. Frances, originally from Strabane, created the Trust, which is named after her mother.
“VIEW takes the pulse of everyday human experience”
âA magazine like VIEW is essential in highlighting needs and ways to meet them,â said Ms. O’Neill. âIt has helped to underline how much good has been done since the pandemic. She said, “VIEW has its finger on the pulse of everyday human experience. “
VIEW Digital associate editor Kathryn Johnston thanked those who spoke to them about the issue. âWe couldn’t have gone this far without them,â she said. âWe wouldn’t be able to produce a single issue of VIEW without you telling us about the community. “
Ms Johnston said American poet Maya Angelou’s words ringed true: “I think a hero is anyone who really intends to make this place a better place for everyone.”
VIEW editor Brian Pelan said he remembered how he and his neighbors cheered for the NHS. âApplauding every Thursday for the NHS was good. But what the NHS really needs is money, âhe said.
âIn times of crisis, there is no better force than the community,â he added.
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â¢ Social distancing rules were respected during the launch in Strabane