Costa Coleraine has been such an amazing support to both the Geddis Family and the ZGBTST since the passing of Zachary. They hold 4 fundrasiers per year, each one for a different local charity. This Autumn they chose Zachary’s charity to be focus of this fundrasier which we were extremely grateful for.
We sent over the details of the ZGBTST and the logo and Costa designed the rest. The event started at 12pm and all of the staff had dressed up for halloween, the store itself was decorated and a bouncy castle was inflated outside for children to play on whilst the adults enjoyed a coffee. Face painting and a raffle was also taking place, to take part in the event you only had to call in and get a coffee.
The Karate Club had a grading that morning and many parents went down to support the cause whilst they were waiting and sent us photographs of the cakes they were eating.
Costa Coleraine has been in Zachary and Yasmin’s life since they opened. They were one of the first customers who were there upon it opening and sat for hours writing in their journals together. It is also very special to Zachary and his father, Terry who would take regular trips down to cheer Zachary up and prepare him for the day. The Geddis Family are warmed by their overwhelming dedication to the ZGBTST.
On Friday the 27th of October former employee’s of ‘Ground Coffe Portrush’ and previous friends of Zachary, Hannah Graham and Rachel Denise Elliot banded together to create a superstar-inspired charity evening. After walking up the red carpet covered in confetti, friends and strangers were welcomed to a café of countless cakes, traybakes and treats. All money made went directly to the ‘Zachary Geddis Break the Silence Trust’. Hannah and Rachel felt inspired to host the event after the sudden death of Zachary shook them to their core. “There were a lot of customers who were really really sad when they heard the news about Zachary” said Hannah Graham. People came up and told their stories about Zachary, including farmers William and Lilian Campbell who spoke of Zachary’s warmth. “He had such a striking…presence.” “I know it might not mean much, we’re just simple country folk… but Zachary brightened up our day. None of his chat was meaningless, it was always so deep and interesting. We miss him.” said William Campbell.
Loved by all and missed by so many, Zachary’s passing inspired Hannah to write a poem called ‘Zachary, Zachary’ which discusses how simple things in the aftermath of a death can hurt most, such as items he left behind in her car. “I often write Zachary letters and in one of them I said I would try my best and help Zachary’s friends and family in any ways I could.” Hannah said. Hannah and Rachel both fulfilled this duty by raising hundreds of pounds in the memory of their friend. Miss Graham said she and Rachel wanted to do a fundraiser that was fun and energetic, just like the personality of their passed loved one, Zachary… who wasn’t fond of crisps. Therefore, no crisps were present at the party. But instead – lots of gold, glitter, and of course red carpet. Both Rachel and Hannah have now left Ground Portrush. But both girls said, “Hosting the event in a special place that the three of us loved and so memories was important to us. But we didn’t just have our friendship inside in the work place, we had nights out, we went to church, went for coffee/breakfast/lunch. It was dancing in the kitchen I loved that, or Zachary pronouncing the words funny, car journeys were always really eventful.”
It was a night filled with tears, laughter and song which raised over £700 for the ZGBTST which will go towards community outreach programs, funding stickers and the promotion mental wellbeing amongst all people. Hannah finished by saying, “I think we still expect Zachary to come in to Ground late and make himself his flat white before he started his shift.”
On Sunday 22nd October 2017, members of the Zanshin Shotokan Karate Club gathered together in the Jim Watt Centre in Garvagh to participate in a training session dedicated to Zachary Geddis’ legacy, not only as a respected karateka but also as a friend and family member to many students.
Before the session, the club was informed that a special hidden donation box was being placed outside the training hall for students to make an anonymous donation to the Zachary Geddis Break the Silence Trust as the training session was free to all those who wished to train.
The hall was decorated in candles and had a special place that students could pay their respect to Zachary. His mum, Louise was present with Trustees from the ZGBTST – Tom Arnold, Cara Hunter and David Black. They helped in the decoration and presentation of the hall and provided support for Yasmin and Terry Geddis who were hosting the event.
A minute silence was held before the class started with a candle being lit and Zachary’s photograph at the top of the hall for the duration of the session. It was evident through the atmosphere that the members held Zachary in their thoughts as they trained intensely for two hours.
At the end of the session, many students and parents were speaking highly of Zachary and their memories of him. We are blessed as a club to have such great support from the wider community.
A grand total of £650 was rasied by over 45 attendees which we are very grateful for, they have remained trusting in the ZGBTST and the difference it can make to the Mental Health treatment and services within Northern Ireland with many of the students opening up about their own struggles throughout their lives.
Another anonymous donation was made that brought the total lodged in the ZGBTST account to just over £1200!
The Geddis Family would like to thank each and every person who joined us on Sunday 22nd October to remember our Son and Brother in such an honorable way.