THE name Francis Henderson will be on everyone’s lips when the Strabane Special Olympics and District Club host their prizegiving dinner tonight.
Francis Henderson, one of the founding members of the Strabane Special Olympics group passed away in March this year after a short battle with cancer. Since his death there has been an irreplaceable void within the club and members intend to use the dance as a way to remember, and celebrate, Francis’s life.
“We are still coming to terms with the loss of Francis,” said Bill McIntyre, club chairman. “He was one of the founding members of the club and in the later years of his life he dedicated all his time to the club. He was involved in every aspect including training, supporting, encouraging, organising and fund-raising.
“For us he is irreplaceable. He was more than a volunteer to the club he was a wonderful friend to each and every one of us and his death has been a big loss to us all.
“We wanted to do something as a special tribute to Francis and also to highlight the importance of volunteers in our society. Francis did so much for this club he went over and beyond his role as a volunteer, dedicating his last years to us.
“Without volunteers organisations like us couldn’t survive so we want to pay homage to one of the best of them – Francis Henderson.”
Three main prizes will be presented on the night, these include Volunteer of the Year, Athlete of the Year, and Club Person of the Year. Each of the group’s athletes will also be presented with a special certificate.
“We want this to be a fun night not only to remember Francis but also to celebrate all those who are still with us,” added Bill.
“We have a very special club here in Strabane and it is important that we remember to show our appreciation to all those involved.”
Strabane Special Olympics club prize-giving dinner dance takes place tonight (Saturday, October 21) at The Fir Trees Hotel. Meal served at 8pm followed by music from T-Junction. Tickets cost £20 and can be purchased from any committee member or by contacting the club via its facebook page at Special Olympics Strabane and District.