Iris Ketterick

Plan Sponsor and Teacher


I was three years old when I suddenly lost my mother. She was brought into hospital and died of heart failure. I missed her very much and I had a hard life without her. I grew up angry and confused. I was 33 when I became a mother myself. The same age my mother was when she died.

I got two daughters which is a tremendous blessing. These two girls have healed my heart every day they’ve been in my life. From a very confused teenager with a doubtful and dark perspective on the future I was healed and I turned into a happy, healthy and very successful woman. The power of a gentile and loving relationship works miracles.

Because I am a Girl I ask…you to come to the photo exhibition to give thought to the position females have  in this world. To give it thought in a non-judgmental, clear and positive way.

Because I am a Girl I believe… that there is always hope for everyone, everywhere. I would give my own power away I would give up on this idea.

Because I am a Girl I hope… for all girls to have the opportunities and hope that life has given me, and the help that I was given throughout my life.

Because I am a Girl I wonder… if there will ever be an acknowledgement of, and universal degree of respect for, females all over the world.

Because I am a Girl I dream… of living a life beyond my wildest dreams.

Because I am a Girl I remember… the prejudices I had to fight against, which were holding me back before I even knew what they were.

Because I am a Girl I like… running up the hill smelling the fresh  grass under my bare feet, enjoying the sun and the laughter.

Because I am a Girl I dislike… the dark clouds that make me feel powerless.

Because I am a Girl I feel… that we can overcome the shadows in our life, simply by changing our thoughts and sharing our ideas.

Because I am a Girl I celebrate… my life today, with my friends and with my daughters, because the most important of all in life is the band we have with others regardless of gender.

The views expressed in all blogs, are those of the authors only and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of of Plan Ireland  

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