Michaela Harte’s grieving widower establishes girls’ summer camp ahead of murder trial
Camp to reflect Michaela’s spirit – to include healthy eating, Irish singing, and understanding the rosary
John McAreavey, the widower of Michaela McAreavey (nee Harte), who was murdered on her honeymoon in January 2011, is launching a summer camp for teenage girls. The camp, part of the Michaela Foundation, aims to reflect the spirit in which she lived her life.
The camp will incorporate all the things that were important to Michaela. McAreavey told his local newspaper the Dromore Leader, “I wanted to establish a camp for young girls aged 11-13 that would provide them with an environment which reflects the core values of The Michaela Foundation whilst having the most fun a camp can offer.”
He said the camp will give those who take part a sense of empowerment. John explained the camp will include “new fashion styles, cupcake design, making rose bath bombs, healthy eating, Irish singing, understanding the rosary and a lot more.”
McAreavey now lives in Tullylish, where he and his new wife had planned to settle after their honeymoon. Michaela’s murder trial is set to begin next week. McAreavey will travel to Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, along with other family members.
According to reports in the Irish Independent he will be one of 30 witnesses at the trial. Her father Tyrone GAA team’s manager Mickey Harte and decided he will not attend the trial. It is set to last no more than two weeks.
Michael was murdered in Legends hotel while on honeymoon. It is believed that she interrupted thieves in her suit. She returned to the bedroom to get a biscuit to have with her tea. Her husband found her strangled in the bath. They had been married just one month.
For more information on the Michael Foundation visit their site.
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