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COMING EVENTS

We have already planned lots of exciting events to help raise money to fund research into CMD.

You can help raise vital funds for SAM by taking part in any of our events, or by organizing one of your own. Have a coffee morning or a car boot sale. Take part in a fun run or have a sponsored walk. Encourage your school to get involved with a non-uniform day, art competition or a fancy dress party. Everything you raise, no matter how large or small amount, will help us to take a step closer to finding a tratment or a cure for CMD.

You can set up your own Justgiving page to help with your fundraising by clicking on this link:  JUSTGIVING

If you prefer to collect off-line you can download a SAM sponsor form by clicking on this link:  SPONSOR FORM

Here are a few suggestions of coming events that you may wish to get involved in.....

 

RUN FOR SAM

Run for SAMSetting the pace for top fundraising, SAM has been represented on local and international running events, including the Lisburn 10k, Belfast Marathon, London Marathon and even the NYC Marathon!

If you would like to run a 5k, 10k or even a marathon and fundraise for SAM please get in touch - we'll give you all the help we can with your fundraising!

Contact us for SAM T-Shirts. contact@helpsam.info


SLIM FOR SAM - LOSE lbs TO MAKE £s!!

Slim for SAMWant a great incentive to help you shed those unwanted lbs?

What better reason than to help a worthy cause!!

You can get people to sponsor you "by the lb" or for the total amount you decide to target yourself to lose. Remeber to let us know how you get on by dropping us an email contact@helpsam.info



ABSEIL FOR SAM

Abseil for SAMFor those of you who like a little more of an adrenaline rush to accompany your good deed we are hoping to organise a sponsored abseil in conjunction with Belfast Activity Centre ;arer this year.

If you are interested in taking part drop us a quick email with your contact details! contact@helpsam.info

 

 

 

HAVE A COFFEE FOR SAM

coffeeWe all love a good natter over a cuppa, so why not invite some of your friends over and raise some money for research into Muscular Dystrophy!

You can also help us by spreading the word about the campaign to all those who attend your event.

We are happy to send along a member of the committee to tell you a little about the charity and about why we are raising money for this worthy cause.

contact@helpsam.info

 

 


SCHOOLS FOR S.A.M.

Schools for SAM Could you encourage your child's school to run an event for SAM? We have worked with a number of schools on fundraising activities - at both primary and secondary level - from non-uniform days to special events. We are always happy to send along a member of our committee to talk about SAM at assembly.

If you can help please let us know. contact@helpsam.info

 

 

 

RECENT EVENTS

A huge thank you to everyone who has organized, taken part in, attended and donated to events in order to help raise funds for SAM.

RUN FOR S.A.M. - THE NEW YORK MARATHON

Run for SAM Sam's Aunty, Sharon Letters, successfully completed the NYC marathon and raised a whopping £6,000 for SAM.

We hope that her feet will soon recover and want her to know how incredibly proud we are of her super achievement.

Read more about Sharon's experience of the NYC marathon HERE.

 

 

 

FACE OFF FOR S.A.M. - BELFAST GIANTS

Belfast Giants Belfast Giants were victorious in their January 30th match vs Nottingham Panthers.

To launch SAM as the Giants chosen charity of the year the team wore a special one-off SAM strip in the charity's colours of yellow and blue.

Following the match, the players' shirts were auctioned on the SAM website.

 

 

SINGING FOR S.A.M.

St. Patricks Church, Drumbeg hosted a series of evening recitals with performers including the Schola Cantorum  (St Peters RC Cathedral Boys & Mens Choir), Soprano Maeve Falconer, Brenda Anderson (Soprano), David Bloomer (Baritone) and Jacqueline Bloomer (Accompanist). £1,446.78 was raised by the parishioners through retiring collections at the events.

 

 

GOURMET EVENING FOR S.A.M.

 The gala dinner event was a unique evening full ofculinary fun and flair, with a host of Northern Ireland's finest chefs cooking for guests and all proceeds donated to SAM. On arrival guests were greeted with a glass of bubbles and canapes prepared and served by Joery Castel of The Boat House in Bangor. White meat was cooked by Noel McMeel, Lough Erne Resort and mains/red meat by Great British Menu regional winner Ray McArdle. Fivemiletown Creamery provided the cheese course and dessert was prepared by Simon Dougan of The Yellow Door.

 

 

SPIN FOR S.A.M. in conjunction with Irish Racer

Northern Ireland's sporting superstars turned out in force to show their support for SAM. The 12 hour Sponsored Spin was held in conjunction with the Irish Racer Awards. Participants found themselves 'spinning' alongside the cream of Irish motorcycling including Jeremy McWIlliams, Johnny Rea, Eugene, John & Michael Laverty, Ian Lowry and also some of the big names of World Superbikes including Loris Capirossi, Leon Hasslin and Cal Crutchlow. Local sporting heroes including Gerry Armstrong, Keith Gillespie, Gordon Crockard, Jackie Fullerton, Stephen Watson and players from Cliftonville, Glentoran, Crusaders and the Belfast Giants. Many thanks to all who took part - helping to raise over £4,500!

 

 

EMERALD BALL

Northern Ireland's celebrities and glitterati turned out in force for the second star-studded SAM Emerald Ball,  joining hosts - actor James Nesbitt and local media personality Emma-Louise Johnston - for an evening of top-notch entertainment. Following a red carpet arrival and champagne reception guests were treated to entertainment by Matt McGinn, followed by upbeat Irish dancing with a modern twist from Celtic Storm.  Guests then enjoyed a splendid five-course banquet, after which singer Oonagh Derby took to the stage, followed by local comedian Tim McGarry. Jimmy and Emma-Louise then let the evening take a serious turn as they discussed the work of the charity and the hope that it is providing to families affected by CMD before hosting the evening’s charity auction.  The event raised a truly staggering £86,000.

Read the full story HERE

 

 

SCHOOLS FOR SAM

Northern Ireland's celebrities and glitterati turned out in force for the second star-studded SAM Emerald Ball,  joining hosts - actor James Nesbitt and local media personality Emma-Louise Johnston - for an evening of top-notch entertainment. Following a red carpet arrival and champagne reception guests were treated to entertainment by Matt McGinn, followed by upbeat Irish dancing with a modern twist from Celtic Storm.  Guests then enjoyed a splendid five-course banquet, after which singer Oonagh Derby took to the stage, followed by local comedian Tim McGarry. Jimmy and Emma-Louise then let the evening take a serious turn as they discussed the work of the charity and the hope that it is providing to families affected by CMD before hosting the evening’s charity auction.  The event raised a truly staggering £86,000.

 

 

RUN FOR SAM - THE BELFAST MARATHON

Big congratulations to Cathy, Carrie and Chris who all ran the Belfast Marathon to raise funds for SAM. Between them they raised over £1,750! We really appreciate their hard work and training, and their fantastic fundraising effort!

 

 

CYCLE FOR SAM - LAND'S END TO JOHN O'GROATS

Run for SAM Jim, Nigel and Diane from Madabout raised over £2,000 by cycling this epic journey.

Read their full story HERE

 

 

 

 

A BITE AND A BET FOR SAM

Clough Masonic Lodge recently raised £1,500 for SAM at their supper evening and 'Night at the Races'.

 

 

GET SEXY FOR SAM

The Hillsborough 'boutique clique' joined forces to stage a fashion show which highlighted the hottest of this season's fashions in a bid to raise money for the SAM campaign. Bar Retro played host to the "Sex and the City" themed show on Wednesday 2nd December where models hit the catwalk to showcase fabulous fashions from local boutique Candy Plum. The evening raised £1,500 for the charity.

 

 

GET SCARY FOR SAM

The normally gorgeous staff of the Natural Hair Salon in Lisburn dressed up in Fancy Dress for Halloween to raise money for SAM! As a result of their efforts almost  £500 was raised for the charity!

 

 

12 HOUR SPIN FOR SAM

Spin for SAM On Friday 29th November almost 300 people joined the sponsored 12 hour spin for SAM at QUB PEC. Participants completed a minimum of 1 hour spinning class with many participants signing up for anything up to the full 12 hours!! The event raised well over £4,000.

 

 

RAVE FOR SAM - OLD SCHOOL NIGHT

Scratch nightclub was the venue for a night of old school dance music with sets from Belfast DJs Jay Kay, Conor Magavock, Jacko, Chris Cargo and Eamon Beagon and Gleave Dobbin. Over £2,000 was raised at the event. Limited edition compilation CDs are still available - email contact@helpsam.info for details.

 

 

JUMP FOR SAM - FREEFALL PARACHUTE JUMP

Jump for SAM So far almost 30 people have been crazy enough to throw themselves out of a plane in order to raise a staggering £10,000 for SAM!! Jumping from 13,000 ft with 45 seconds of freefall this is a must for all adrenalin junkies! If you are interested in jumping for S.A.M. please email contact@helpsam.info to register! (Jumpers must be aged between 16 and 60 and there is a weight limit of 15 stone for men and 13 for women. Each jumper will be asked for a commitment fee of £40 (non-refundable). The cost of the jump is £200 so we request a minimum sponsorship of £350 in the hope that people will raise much more!)

Read about the jumpers experiences and see more photos HERE

 

 

CITYBEAT CLICKMAS FOR SAM

SAM would like to extend our sincere thanks to Citybeat Radio 96.7/102.5FM, Belfast's award winning commercial radio station who nominated SAM as their Christmas fundraising beneficiary. Listeners donated a total of £5,600 through the online campaign! Thanks to everyone who donated, and to the management, DJs and staff of Citybeat who helped to make the promotion such a success.

 

 

FOOTIE FOR SAM - GLENTORAN FC

The players of Glentoran Football Club donned a one off PleaseFixSam.com sponsored shirt at Good Friday's top of the table Premiership League clash with Linfield at The Oval. Glentoran's main sponsor fonaCAB kindly agreed to let SAM take the prime billing on the Glentoran shirts for this match which was televised live on SKY Sports to an audience of 3.5 million viewers. After the game the special match shirts were auctioned off to raise funds for SAM.

 

 

THE FIRST EMERALD BALL - A HUGE SUCCESS

On 14th March 2009 the Europa Hotel played host to one of the newest, biggest and most exciting black tie events on the NI social calendar. The Emerald Ball, hosted by actor James Nesbitt and television personality Emma-Louise Johnston got off to a fabulous start with a champagne reception. Guests mingled in the Europa's long gallery to the sounds of the hauntingly beautiful Nua Band, whose eclectic mix of Irish folk music fused with an upbeat modern tone gave a nod to the event's Irish theme. Read more about the Emerald Ball HERE

 

 

GET GORGEOUS FOR SAM

Hillsborough Castle was the sophisticated setting for the first SAM Fashion Show. The show provided something for everyone, with collections ranging from casual daywear, stylish suits and dresses to totally glamorous designer evening wear. Clothing, handbags and accessories all from Paparazzi, Lisburn. The event raised just under £3,000.

 

 

LAUGH FOR SAM - COMEDY NIGHT

The Laughter Lounge Odyssey Pavilion Belfast was the venue for an evening of comedy. 200 people had a rip-roaring time in aid of S.A.M. - raising almost £4,000 in the process.

 

 

CYCLE FOR SAM - AFGHANISTAN

Afghanistan for SAM Whilst stationed in Afghanistan the officers and men of 2 Royal Irish IMJIN Company were so moved by Sam's story that they got on their bikes in the searing 45 degree heat of the desert to cycle the 6000km distance from Camp Bastion to Ballymena in order to raise funds for the charity. The miles were steadily whittled down by these dedicated soldiers on their exercise bike in their makeshift camp gym. A cheque for £4,000 was presented by Sgt Gary Wilkins at the medals parade in Hillsborough.

Read more about this fantastic story HERE

 

 

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S BALL

Tiffany's Ball for SAM Malone Lodge Hotel was the venue for a fabulous tiffany themed black tie event in aid of S.A.M. on 26th January. Almost 100 people attended the evening of glamour, good food and entertainment and a staggering £7,500 was raised for the charity. Kind thanks to Cara Macklin and the staff of the Malone Lodge for running this wonderful evening in aid of SAM.

 

 

CYCLE FOR SAM - TOUR DE FORCE

Lease Options MD Paul McGuire together with Wes Kettyle from Cooke & Kettyle Quantity Surveyors swapped their sombre saloons and suits for carbonfibre racing bicycles and lycra, as they undertook a gruelling 179km leg of the Tour de France to raise funds for SAM. Paul and Wes successfully completed the L'Etape du Tour Mondovelo stage in the Pyrenees, from Pau to Hautacam. The famous stage incorporates the Tour's most famous climb, the Tourmalet climbing the biggest summit of the Pyrenees. Thanks to their efforts over £3,000 was raised!