This year’s Donegal Democrat Mother of the Year expressed her total shock but delight when she learned that she was on the shortlist for this prestigious title.
The 2012 Mother of the year as chosen by our readers, Jacqueline McElchar of Doneyloop near Castlefin told the Donegal Democrat, “The first thing I knew about it was on last Thursday when my daughter Sorcha ‘phoned me to tell me that I was on the shortlist - I didnt even know that I was on any list and got the shock of my life when I saw my photograph in the paper when I got home.
“Sorcha and my husband William were all doing this behind my back and I’ll have to admit that I am absolutely thrilled and delighted - not for myself but for Sorcha.
“She has just put so much work into it and when she learned that I had been chosen, she announced that she was going into politics with an ambition to be a campaign manager!
“She mounted a very strong campaign, texting and facebooking all her friends - she was determined that I was going to be chosen as the Donegal Mum of the Year.”
Jacqueline is both a full time mother and also full time with the Dept. of Agriculture and her husband William is both a farmer and a haulier but they both manage to juggle their hours so that her three daughters, Sorcha, Naoimi and Carina get the very best of loving care and attention.
Sorcha’s nomination of her mother as short and simple but deeply meaningful. It read, “My Mum is the best because she stays with me when I am in hospital when I’m sick (which is a lot). She takes me shopping as a treat to make me feel better after a hard time. I love her”
Without any texts or campaigns these words would be enough to melt anyone’s heart.
Jacqueline added, “Sorcha suffers from a condition that requires regular medical attention but she just regards it as another challenge in life. “She is a really bubbly person and is a full time student at the Finn Valley College in Stranorlar.
“She is always more concerned about others than herself and keeps a close eye on what everybody is eating. She is a strong advocate of healthy eating and is on the committee for healthy eating in the college.
“It is a real honour to be chosen but deep in my heart I am so happy for Sorcha - she has put so much into this and she is just simply overjoyed.
“I am sure that sometime in the future she may well be a candidate for the Democrat’s Mum of the Year.”