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Screening of Mark Pollock’s Unbreakable Film in aid of The Meadows

08/01/2015 Screening of Mark Pollock’s Unbreakable Film in aid of The Meadows

A special screening of Unbreakable – the inspiring film about Mark Pollock – will take place in the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan at 7pm on Thursday 22nd January. All proceeds from the special screening will go to RehabCare’s The Meadows Children’s Respite Service in Navan – a residential respite service for over 70 children aged six to 18. The feature-length documentary received rave reviews following its television premiere on RTÉ One on Christmas week.  Tickets cost €10 and can be purchased from Solstice Arts Centre, Navan on 046 9092300 or www.solsticeartscentre.ie or by phoning Assumpta on 087 2848596.

Unbreakable follows the almost unbelievable challenges that life has thrown at Mark and his resolve to move beyond them. Finding himself suddenly blind at 22, Mark was forced to face a future different from the one he had expected. He became a Commonwealth Games medal winner and competed in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps and ten years after losing his sight he became the first blind person to race to the South Pole. But then, just four weeks from the day of his planned wedding to fiancée Simone, a fall 25 feet from a second storey window left Mark near death and paralysed from the waist down.

The close friendship between Mark and the filmmaker Ross Whitaker (When Ali Came to Ireland; Saviours), has produced a delicate, deeply personal, intimate film. Six years in the making, it tells the story of Mark’s eventual rehabilitation and his mission to find and connect people worldwide to fast-track a cure for paralysis, a mission which gives the audience a glimpse of the frontiers of robotics and medical science. Unbreakable was produced with the participation of the Irish Film Board, RTÉ and Rehab.

Louise Tinne, Community Services Manager, The Meadows Children’s Respite Service, says, “This is a great opportunity for people to see a really inspiring film about an Irish man who refused to let blindness and paralysis stop him from making a difference in the world and helping others with spinal injuries. I guarantee you that you will leave the theatre feeling in awe of him! And you will also be helping children with disabilities in Co. Meath as all the proceeds go to the services that we provide in The Meadows.”

Assumpta Kelly, parent of a teenager who avails of respite services at The Meadows says, “My daughter really enjoys her visits to The Meadows and the interaction with other service users and the excellent staff.  Every support possible should be given to The Meadows service to allow more families avail of respite. By attending this excellent film showing you will be supporting The Meadows and disability services in Meath.”

For tickets and more information contact the Solstice Arts Centre, Navan on 046 9092300 or phone Assumpta on 087 2848596.

ENDS

Róisín Fitzgerald, RehabCare: 086 8101291/roisin.fitzgerald@rehab.ie

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