Cookstown teen prepares for Philadelphia conference

COOKSTOWN teenager Danielle Hamilton will travel to Philadelphia to take part in a conference with other young people whose lives have been affected by terorism.

Danielle, who lost her grandfather having never met him, will represent Justice for Innocent Victims of Terrorism Ltd (J.I.V.T Ltd) at the conference at the impressive Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia from July 24 to 31.

The Tuesday’s Children organisation, founded to provide support and services for the children of 9/11 and others affected by global terrorism, organised the event through its Project Common Bond Programme.

Danielle’s father UDR man David Graham was aged just 38 years when he was murdered by PIRA. He was off duty and died ten days after being shot at his workplace in Coalisland on March 15, 1977, leaving behind three children and Danielle’s Granny, Eileen.

Kenny Donaldson, Director of Services for South East Fermanagh Foundation and Company Secretary for Justice for Innocent Victims of Terrorism Ltd said providing an opportunity for young people to come together with others across the world whose families have also been affected by terrorism has proven to be a very useful and therapeutic means for issues to be discussed and for coping mechanisms to be then found.

Danielle, her families and both organisations are raising funds to cover the costs of the air fares.

Members of the public who wish to support Danielle can contact Kenny Donaldson on: 028 6772 3884/028 677 2242 for further information.