This weeks’s Friday’s Child is local woman Eileen Warren, Events Fundraiser at Children in Crossfire. Eileen has been involved with Children in Crossfire for nearly 6 years and loves her job.
Firewalking, ziplines, five county cycles and most recently the 5k colour run, is all in a day’s work for her. Eileen said events are great fun to organise but hard work. “The end result at an event is amazing when you see participants enjoying themselves and their sense of achievement in completing their challenge whilst also raising valuable funds for Children in Crossfire”. Eileen comes from a family of five. Her mum, Anne is Scottish and her dad Ricky was from Derry. She has also a keen interest in radio and is a volunteer at Drive 105.
How would you describe yourself?
Good fun, honest and hardworking, loyal, probably talk too much and always trying to sign somebody up for an event!
Happiest childhood memory ?
Days and evenings at Fahan beach playing rounders with my family and my Scottish cousins then going to Doherty’s Café on the way home for chips and all the sand still stuck in my sandals!
What was your first job?
Aww, I loved my first job in Trueform Shoe Shop in the Richmond centre.
‘Watermelon’ by Marian Keyes made me laugh, anything of hers is always brilliant, easy reading and funny.
Has to be ‘Gone with the Wind’. I’ve watched this so many times. I could nearly speak every line!
Favourite television programme
Have to say ‘Corrie’ but I’m a bit torn, glued at the minute to ‘Beverley Hills Housewives’.
All good in the hood! I say it about ten times a day
Favourite method of relaxation
Sitting down with a cuppa in front of the open fire just watching the flames dance. In peace and quiet, no phone, no TV. Nice and cosy.
Favourite Holiday Destination
My best holiday was in Turkey. It was a new destination then and the people were so friendly.
Who would you most like to meet ?
Malala Yousafzai, she is a most amazing, inspirational and brave young lady.
What makes you angry ?
Children who are not loved and looked after properly. It breaks my heart.
What makes you happy ?
Well to be honest, a Bridie’s chippy or Domino’s, I don’t mind!
What has been the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you ?
You would need a few pages for the list of embarrassing moments. I was running for the Dublin to Derry bus and running past a group of good looking Italian tourists along the River Liffey. Naturally, I was trying to pose as the same time as running. Anyway, they started to whistle and call after me. So I tried to pose harder while pretending to ignore them. Until I realised my holdhall had fallen off at their feet and I was running only holding my bag strap! Was mortified and had to go back and pick up my bag. They were laughing a lot.
What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?
Having my dad pass away due to cancer. He was my best friend as well as my father. He was my everything and I miss him every day.
What is your greatest fear?
Getting locked in too places and being unable to get out.
What has been the high point of your life to date ?
Being asked to be god mother to my niece, Julie ann 27 years ago. She is one of the funniest and hardworking young persons I know. I’m so proud of her.
How would you like to be remembered ?
For making a difference to poverty and injustice no matter how small, as long as I can make a difference.
What is your most treasured possession?
Rosary beads my father had with him in his last year and a beautiful card full of encouragement and love he and my mum wrote to me before he got sick.
If you won the lottery what would you do with it ?
I would hide from Richard Moore lol…. I would help Children in Crossfire continue with its projects in Tanzania and Ethiopia. Help my family to always have a home and university funds for my nieces and nephews. Then hire a hypnotist to get me on a plane and travel with my friends for a few months.
If you were granted one wish in life what would you ask for ?
To see my dad and sister again have them and my family all over for a big Christmas dinner. Everybody laughing and enjoying each other’s company telling silly stories.
If you could write your own epitaph what would it be ?
Ha ha, just like Arnie “I’ll be back”!