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MSU WellFest 2018

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MSU WellFest aims to promote positive awareness and discussion around the areas of mental and physical health. As well as daytime on-campus activities we are also hosting a series of evening presentations from influential figures.

MONDAY 12/02: Our first guest in the series is Ibrahim Halawa. Having spent over 4 years of his life in prison awaiting trial, Ibrahim will share his personal experience of maintaining your mental health in such difficult circumstances.
TUESDAY 13/02: We will be screening the 'Embrace' documentary. EMBRACE is a social impact documentary that explores the issue of body image.
WEDNESDAY 14/02: Our second guest in the series is Kenneth Egan. A gifted sportsperson turned politician, Kenneth will share his personal experience of overcoming addiction and looking after your mental health.
THURSDAY 15/02: Our final guest in the series is Rosanna Davison. A former Miss World and qualified nutritional therapist, Rosanna will be with us to share her experience around healthy eating, fitness and coping with stress.

Tickets for these events are FREE but you must apply here and bring your ticket with you to gain entry on the night.

About Ibrahim Halawa:

Ibrahim Halawa, a 22-year-old Irishman, spent more than four years of his life in prison in Egypt, after he was arrested on a family summer holiday. He was released on 20 October after being acquitted of all the charges against him. He was detained by the Egyptian security forces after he and three of his sisters were caught up in a siege at a mosque in Cairo in August 2013. The women were freed and allowed to return home within three months, but their teenage brother was kept in jail. He faced a mass trial with hundreds of others under threat of the death penalty.

The teenager was then accused, along with nearly 500 others, of inciting violence, riot and sabotage and faced a mass trial. However, with so many defendants involved in the case, the case was constantly deferred and it took years to come to court. During his four-year imprisonment, Ibrahim Halawa staged a series of intermittent hunger strikes in protest against his continued detention without trial.

After the 20th adjournment, Somaia Halawa warned: "The sad reality is my brother is dying in an Egyptian prison, facing a mass trial, which at this rate will take over 10 years. "Given Ibrahim's current mental and physical state we don't believe he will be strong enough to survive that delay." The trial finally got under way in August 2017. On 18 September, Ibrahim Halawa was acquitted on all charges he faced.

About Embrace:

The inspiration for EMBRACE came about after I posted an unconventional before-and-after image on the internet in 2013 that sparked an international media frenzy. The image, which embraces body diversity, was seen by over 100 million people worldwide and led to hundreds of interviews and articles. But I soon realized how restrictive 4-minute TV interviews, 800 word articles and 140 characters on Twitter can be. This issue needed a louder voice on a bigger platform, so the idea of creating the documentary EMBRACE was born.” – Embrace Director Taryn Brumfitt

Embrace is told from the point of view of Taryn as she traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. In her affable and effervescent style, Taryn bares all (literally) to explore the factors contributing to this problem and seeks to find solutions. After 24 months of travelling, interviewing, production and post production Taryn and the Embrace team have created a film that is relevant, relatable, highly engaging – but above all life changing.


Kenneth "Kenny" Egan (born 7 January 1982) is an Irish politician and amateur boxer from Clondalkin, Dublin best known for winning a Silver Medal in the final of the 81 kg, Light-Heavyweight boxing final at the 2008 Olympics. He won the European Gold Medal in the 2008 Athens Olympic Qualifiers and a European Bronze Medal in 2006 and 2010 at Light-heavyweight. He was elected to South Dublin County Council for Fine Gael in the 2014 local elections.

"I want to make a difference in my local community. My motto is and always has been to ‘Keep it Real’ and I intend to follow this on my political journey. Through my voluntary work with sports groups, I see the issues that young people face and I am concerned about their future. My main goal is to be a voice for the people of our community."


As a qualified and insured Nutritional Therapist and a graduate of the College of Naturopathic Medicine, I have also studied with the US-based Institute of Functional Medicine. Since qualifying in 2013, I have been building my experience by working with regular private clients to develop an entire nutrition programme and lifestyle designed to target their specific health and beauty complaints, including hair loss, acne, weight loss and obesity, digestive disfunction, autoimmune disease, infertility, endocrine imbalances and much more.

In my tailor-made programmes, I draw up a new approach to eating and nutritional supplementation, depending on their unique individual biochemistry and their entire health history. I bring clients shopping for food and cook for them to demonstrate alternative ways of preparing meals and snacks with healthier ingredients, and tasty alternatives to typically problematic foods for many, such as gluten, soy, sugar and eggs.

Now for the first time, I’m bringing my tried and tested, scientific evidence-based approach to food, health and wellness to the public sphere. Every single recipe, article and health tip is designed to enable you to reach your highest health and beauty potential, and I prepare, cook and photograph each recipe myself.

Glowing, younger-looking skin, glossy hair, a smoother complexion, a slimmer waist, improved sleep, boundless energy and so much more, are what you can expect from my easy-to-follow tips and simple, nutritious recipes. I have spent the past five years working hard to achieve my goal of becoming an expert on plant-based nutrition, and whether you’re interested in moving over to an entirely plant-based lifestyle or just want to dip in and out of it every so often with healthy meals and sweet treats, my aim is to provide enough information and inspiration for everyone.

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