Volunteer Sean steps up the pace for centre

SUPPORT . . . Sean (front) has the backing of workers at the centre. With him l-r is Jillian Faulds, Victoria Whyte, Martin Girvan, Emily Charnley, Marion McCreadie, Lisa McGuinness and Kathryn McLeish. (Buy this photo - Ref: 130311-07).
SUPPORT . . . Sean (front) has the backing of workers at the centre. With him l-r is Jillian Faulds, Victoria Whyte, Martin Girvan, Emily Charnley, Marion McCreadie, Lisa McGuinness and Kathryn McLeish. (Buy this photo - Ref: 130311-07).

A BELLSHILL man is gearing up for his toughest challenge yet in a bid to raise funds for the Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre.

Sean Hanlon is preparing to take on the Livingston 10k on Saturday, June 8 - the only slight snag is that the 26-year-old has never run before!

Sean said: “I have never ran in my life, but I’m training every day now to make sure I can actually do it!

“I’m running the 10k as part of a team of colleagues from North Lanarkshire Council’s Youth Work Team in Motherwell.

“I’ve decided to run for the Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre as I have been involved with it for 10 years. Firstly attending the youth events in my early teens, and then in the last five years as a voluntary director of the charity.

“The organisation offers a range of services to the local community such as child care, community employability programmes as well as a day care service for the elderly and a child care service through their before and after school service.

“I am passionate about this centre. In the last few years, I had the pleasure of chairing the board of directors who govern this organisation.

“I am humbled time and time again at how much time volunteers give to operating the centre, how fantastic the staff are and in general the benefits the centre brings to the local community.”

He added: “As well as the run, I’m also holding a charity night to help raise funds. It’s a quiz and karaoke session - a QUIZeOkie! - and it’s happening on Thursday, March 28 in Time 2 Pub and Grub, Hamilton, from 8.30pm.

“It’s £3 per person to enter and there’s some fantastic prizes on offer.”

Those interested in attending the night can simply pay at the door. More information can also be found through the Times & Speaker’s Facebook page.

Irene Gibson, operations manger at the ONC, praised Sean for his efforts.

She said: “We’re all really excited that Sean is going to be running in the Livingston 10k this year to raise some much needed funds for the centre.

“Sean’s been helping in our activities for several years. His dedication to the centre means he has always been willing to go that extra mile to get things done, and he’s going to need that commitment to help him complete the distance of the gruelling 10k road race.

“When Sean finally crosses the finishing line he’s going to have earned superstar status amongst everyone who uses the centre.”

To donate to the cause, visit http://www.charitygiving.co.uk/sean4onc, or visit the centre on Busby Road.