Competition: ‘Me and My Mate Jeffrey’

One of my highlights from 2014 was taking part in ‘One Young World‘; a global forum for young leaders to develop solutions to the world’s most important problems. In front of delegates from over 194 countries, I took to the stage alongside Joanne O’Riordan, Adam Harris, Caroline Casey, Mark Pollock and Bressie.

Our session was called ‘Disability: Move to Include’ and we each spoke about our own personal challenges and how we have physically, emotionally and cognitively overcome them. It was the first time disability and difference was discussed at One Young World and it was a moment I will never forget.

If you get to watch but a few minutes of the video, you’ll realise how powerful, emotional and inspiring the session was. I learned so much from each of the speakers but I was particularly taken by Bressie’s speech. He spoke so candidly about his pain and feeling of isolation. He gave me a new understanding of mental health and encouraged me to be brave in speaking about my experiences of difference – particularly the most painful moments.

competition_bressie_book_jeffreyOn September 4th, Bressie’s new book, ‘Me and My Mate Jeffrey’ will go on sale. I am but three chapters deep and already, more than one tissue has soaked up a stream of tears. I can’t thank Bressie enough for sending me an advance copy. However, he was also extremely kind to send me two additional copies to give away to you. The directions for entering are below and the competition will run until September 3rd.

In the words of Jennifer Lawrence, ‘May the odds be ever in your favour’.

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Sinéad Burke is an academic and a writer with an obsessive interest in fashion, education and 'Extraordinary Women'. She is an ambassador for the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the National Women's Council of Ireland.

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