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Saturday 25 May 2019

Rehab donate €25k to Joanne's documentary

JOE LEOGUE

THE brother of Joanne O'Riordan, the Millstreet girl born with no arms or legs, has revealed that the Rehab Group has pledged to part-fund a documentary on her life.

Stephen O'Riordan, a filmmaker who is to direct the documentary, says the funding will go some way to making 'No Limbs, No Limits' a reality.

"I'm thrilled that the Rehab Group have rowed in to support this film. Joanne's story is not only interesting one, but it's also an important one too. Thanks to Rehab's generous support, this story can now be told," he said.

The film will focus on Joanne's life at home, school, work and follow her as she travels to the UN to deliver a landmark address. It will also feature interviews with key members of her family and the experts that have helped her during the 16 years. Angela Kerins, Rehab Group CEO described the film as "a momentous opportunity to share the incredible story of a young determined girl and her family."

"It is a chance to show people how those with disabilities can and do, overcome challenges, what are at times enormous challenges," she said. "At Rehab we believe in encouraging people with disabilities to share their stories. "It's a hugely important part of demonstrating how people with disabilities can lead very full lives and also improves wider public understanding of disability. Rehab's motto is 'Investing in People, Changing Perspectives' and we hope that through Rehab's support Joanne's story will do just that."

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