The East Antrim Old Vehicle Club (EAOVC) held the Annual General Meeting on 1st November 2016.
The current officers of the club who where in the middle of their two years were re-elected as normal. The current committee were also re-elected without change.
With the cost of living rising over the years the committee had suggest that the cost of the membership would have to rise. After a short discussion this was proposed and voted upon with the vast majority of those present voting for the rise.
The new membership fees are Full: £20.00. Discounted (65 & Over): £15.00.
Joint Membership (Member and Partner) remains at £5.00 extra.
Hope House Ireland was chosen, by way of a vote, for the 2017 Portrush Charity.
Hope House Ireland
The founders of Hope House Ireland are Roy and Dawn McConnell who have been married for over 30 years and have one daughter Leah.
In February 1990, at the age of 34, Roy was given the news that he had non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and was given a 30 per cent survival rate. After a year-and-a-half of chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant and much prayer, Roy amazed the doctors when he fully recovered. He was clear for 21 years.
In February 2012 the couple once again were devastated to receive the news that the cancer had returned. They would have to start the journey of chemotherapy again. A year later they were thrilled to learn that Roy was clear of cancer once again and was able to return to work.
Then in 2015 Dawn was diagnosed with cancer.
Getting a cancer diagnosis is devastating not only to the person receiving it, but also immediate family. The whole landscape of your life totally changes as visits to the hospital for treatment and checkups take over your life and a lot of people are unable to travel too far because of the sickness, and being stuck at home 24hrs a day can add a lot of stress to your situation. Experience has taught us, one of the best things to do is to be able to remove yourself from the normal everyday life routines. A break, even for a few days, can be truly valuable in recovery. In fact research shows that our surroundings can have a profound effect on the immune system function and our sense of well-being.
They began to raise funds so we could rent an apartment by the sea where those going through cancer could rest and recuperate, free of any charge and also to benefit anyone travelling long distances. They chose the apartment on Whitehead promenade because of the beautiful sea-view and walks. They began renting it in March 2014. The apartment is only a 5 minute walk from the train station that provides a train that leaves guests at the entrance of the City hospital which is approximately 14 miles from Whitehead – this has proved very successful to patients who do not like to drive long distances and also means they can come and stay the night before their appointments.
TeamHOPE seeks to help in any way we can shining that light of HOPE in the midst of the darkness that surrounds a cancer diagnosis. Since they opened the door of HOPE the responses they received from their guests have confirmed how important it is to continue with this work.