The pic posted on TwitterA TOURIST unable to get a good mobile phone signal in Donegal took to Twitter instead to help find her missing mother.Joanne Mehaffey, from south Belfast, tried desperately to ring friends after her mum Diane went missing earlier this week. Her mother suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease.But because she couldn’t get a good enough signal to make lengthy calls, she posted as SOS on Twitter instead – and her mum was found nine hours later wandering a suburb with her dog. She urged her followers to retweet and share the picture message.She tweeted: “This is my mum & she’s gone #missing. Help try & bring her home safe #missing #belfast #plsRT #alzheimers”.Joanne said: “I love Twitter and I love Facebook and I needed as many people as possible to see mum’s picture to speed up her being found. I knew I needed to do it sooner rather than later.“While she would not have necessarily wanted everyone to know that she was suffering from Alzheimer’s, I needed her brought home, and if that meant I needed to share it, I was going to share it. One of the family’s other dogs which was with Diane.“I knew that Twitter was a powerful tool. I just needed one person to see her and that’s what happened.”The message was retweeted hundreds of times – but crucially Lisburn woman Christina McStravick saw it.“I was sitting about six o’clock in the living room, watching TV, and I noticed a woman walking past the window with two dogs,” she told the BBC.“She seemed a wee bit dazed and kind of caught my attention but I didn’t think anything of it. “Literally, 30 seconds later I was on Twitter. I saw that Oscar (Knox) had retweeted Joanne’s poster.“I jumped in the car, drove round and drove slowly past Diane. I didn’t want to scare her but I realised it was her.”She gently coaxed Diane into coming into the house for a cup of tea while her husband rang Joanne and the police.“My husband gives me a hard time for going on Twitter too much, so he can’t do that anymore,” Christina said. But Joanne has been overwhelmed by the response on social media.“My mother had walked about eight miles. We would never have thought she was there.“My husband says he’s a Twitter widow, but Twitter and the kindness of strangers brought my mum home,” she said.HOW TWEET FROM DONEGAL HELPED WOMAN FIND HER MISSING MUM was last modified: April 5th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:HOW TWEET FROM DONEGAL HELPED WOMAN FIND HER MISSING MUM
In her first season, Hittner is averaging 12.0 points and a team-leading 6.1 rebounds while shooting a league-best 53.7 percent from the three-point line. ST. LOUIS – Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team has been named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week while freshman Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) was selected the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week, the league office announced Monday, Feb. 13. Wendell and Hittner have each won their respective awards a league-best five times this season. In the 101-49 win over Illinois State, Wendell scored 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting, grabbed four rebounds, nabbed four steals and handed out one assist in 23 minutes. In the 98-46 win over Bradley, she scored 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting and pulled down four rebounds, handed out four assists and snagged two steals in 27 minutes. Drake travels to Terre Haute, Ind., to face Indiana State on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. The contest will be broadcast online via The Valley on ESPN3.Print Friendly Version Wendell averaged 21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists while shooting 60 percent (15-of-25) from the floor and 83.3 percent (10-of-12) from the free throw line in Drake’s blowout wins over Illinois State and Bradley this past weekend. Hittner poured in a career-high 20 points behind a 6-of-8 shooting performance with four three-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds and handed out two assists in 22 minutes in the win over Illinois State. She followed that with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with three three-pointers and hauled down five rebounds and handed out three assists in 23 minutes against Bradley. On the season, Wendell is averaging a league-high 21.7 points per game while shooting 51.6% from the field. She has scored in double figures in 102-straight games, which is currently the longest streak in the NCAA. Hittner averaged 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists while shooting 60 percent from the floor (12-of-20) and 77.8 percent from behind the three-point line (7-of-9) versus Illinois State and Bradley.