For the fifth year running, Harvey Norman has teamed up with the Marie Keating Foundation to raise much needed funds for vital services and increase awareness of breast cancer. To date, Harvey Norman has raised over €100,000 for the Marie Keating Foundation, whose goal is to make cancer less frightening by enlightening.
You can take part this October, by purchasing from the Sleep Pink range, donating a euro at the till or visiting the mobile information units at Harvey Norman stores throughout the month.
We caught up with Norah Casey, Marie Keating Foundation Ambassador, to catch up on the Million Euro Start-Up and keeping a good work life balance.
You’ve just announced The Million Euro Start-up, how did the idea for this come about? Is supporting start-ups something you’re passionate about?
It would be great to bring home all those bright brainy people who left our country in recent years – some half a million since 2008 and most of them outside of Dublin. The Million Euro Start-Up is about finding those who have a killer business idea and who want to return to Ireland to help reignite our economy – particular in the area or town they had to leave to find employment. At this stage all they have to do is tell me in one minute what their great idea is and we’ll take it from there. With a million euro on the table for the winning candidate we’ve had some brilliant ideas from across the globe.
How do you find the right work/rest balance?
I don’t believe in work life balance – my work is my life and my passion and it seamlessly blends with my personal life. I don’t do normal working hours and I don’t work in an office I don’t think we get the best out of people by sitting them in a chair in front of a screen for seven or eight hours a day? I even work when I am on holiday but it doesn’t stress me at all – I love it.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Check my emails, run through social media and read the online news sites…then it’s getting the teenager up and breakfast sorted.
What inspires you to get involved with charities like the Marie Keating foundation?
I was a nurse and that need to make a difference never left me. The Marie Keating Foundation is a great example of an organisation that is making a real difference in raising awareness and saving lives – why wouldn’t I want to get on board with that.
Quick Fire Sleep Round
- Nap or no nap? When I was up at 4am for Newstalk every day I learned the art of napping for 20 minutes in the early evening which I still do if I have to do an after dinner speech or a late night.
- One pillow or two? Always two
- Firm or soft? I am beyond fussy about my pillows – they’re perfect – medium and just the right depth.
- Phone on or off? Phone on but on silent unless I am away from Dara and then I leave it on full volume (mothers never relax)
- Early bird or night owl? I should be an early bird but I stay up far too late getting caught up on something I am doing for the next day or chatting to my mum or friends.
- Breakfast or no time? Always breakfast – a healthy superfood packed smoothie – if I am racing out the door I take it with me
- Memory foam or feather? Memory foam – Dara has bad asthma so no feathers in the house sadly
- Bedroom: bright colours or natural neutrals? It’s a cool calm oasis of neutrals
- Book or TV? Always a book – I’m reading Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont at the moment and she is keeping me up far too late – brilliant book.
Shop the Harvey Norman Sleep Pink Sale this month and support the Marie Keating Foundation! Find out more here.