New senior champions will be crowned in both the rural and urban ISSA schoolgirls netball competition when the finals are played tomorrow at G.C. Foster College. In the rural area semi-finals many-time champions Holmwood Technical were beaten by Manchester High while defending urban champions Camperdown High, were stopped by Excelsior High. Manchester beat Holmwood 39-37 in a close contest and will meet Denbigh High who easily got past Knox College 43-21 in the other semi-final. In urban action, Excelsior were 28-23 winners over Camperdown and they will meet Gaynstead High who defeated The Queen’s School 36-33 in the other senior semi-final. Denbigh will be gunning for two titles in the finals. Their junior team reached the championship match after whipping first-time semi-finalists St Thomas Technical 24-9. Holmwood, 25-19 winners over Manchester High, will be their opponents in the final. Gaynstead will also be hunting a double as their junior team is also in the final where they will meet Queen’s. Queen’s juniors defeated Camperdown 26-17 while Gaynstead cruised by Norman Manley 33-15 in the second semi-final. All eight semi-final matches were played at G.C. Foster College.
Participants getting ready to take part in Friday’s event.The people of Donegal are being urged to take a stand this month and dance to demand an end to violence against women by joining the One Billion Rising day of action on February 14.The Donegal event will take place in front of the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny between 1pm and 2pm on February 14, forming part of a massive global campaign.Local organiser Kate Brown said she is hoping a huge crowd will attend to join forces with people all across the world coming together to rise, release, dance in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end to violence against women and girls. “We hosted the first One Billion Rising event in Donegal on Valentine’s Day last year and we were delighted with the response. A very large crowd came to sing and dance in front of An Grianán Theatre.“It was a celebratory event, in that we celebrated our freedom to dance and to get our voices heard, but the campaign carries with it an important message – that violence against women and girls must end.”Kate says this year’s event does not clash with mid-term break holidays and she is encouraging students and their teachers to come and lend their support to the lunchtime rising campaign. Music, dance, song and poetry will form part of the hour-long event.She explained that the One Billion Rising name for the campaign comes from the fact that one in three women and girls will be beaten and raped in their life time. With a current female global population of three billion, that adds up to the staggering one billion figure. In 2013 activists in 207 different countries came together for the biggest mass action in human history to demand an end to violence against women and girls.“This year, the focus is on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence,” she added.The event though is not just for women and Kate says she would love to see as many women, girls and the men and boys who love them to gather to make their voices heard.“Last year we had people from across the spectrum, young and old, male and female, all prepared to show their support through dance for a campaign that aims to end violence against women and girls and this year we’re hoping for the same broad range of people and hopefully bigger numbers.”Across the world the campaigns will take place outside courthouses, school administration buildings, work places, places of worship, military courts, embassies and in other public gathering spaces. “This year’s campaign is about rising for justice. It is about deepening last year’s campaign and bringing, as so many wonderful agencies in Donegal are doing on a daily basis, information into the public arena about what survivors of gender violence need and deserve.” Kate added.For more information about One Billion Rising you can find details on the One Billion Rising Donegal Facebook page and by logging on to the global campaign website – www.onebillionrising.orgDONEGAL EVENT CALLS ON PEOPLE TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE TO WOMEN was last modified: February 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:One Billion Rising