The heartbroken brother of tragic bodybuilder Michelle McStravick has told how the staging of a memorial event by fellow bodybuilders has brought solace to her family.
A fitness event is set to be held in Londonderry in the Millennium Forum on October 30 in memory of the mother-of-one who died in a two-car collision along with care worker colleague Lorraine Clyde at the junction of Moneyrod Road in Randalstown in July.
Robert McStravick, 37, said his father was told about the event on Sunday “and the feedback about it has been amazing”.
“Social media has been mad,” he added.
“It is not as if she wasn’t well known and I think a lot of people are finding comfort in social media.”
He said his “wee sister” had been into physical sports from she was 15.
“The stories that have come to light after her going are amazing. She really helped so many people out with what they needed and gave them confidence. Over the last few weeks we have heard so many stories from people from all walks of life. She is just so sadly missed.”
Mr McStravick said he plans to run a bus from Randalstown to the fitness event.
“Buses are also being run from Ballymena to the event,” he added.
“So many people want to show their support. It will help people deal with their grief too.”
He said his sister’s daughter Cliodhan is now getting ready to return to school to start Year 11.
“This is the first year of her GCSEs,” he said.
“She is just taking it day by day and there are days she wants her mammy, but we are a very close-knit family.”
Event promoter Noel Smyth said that all profits from the October event “will go to Michelle’s family as a sign of our appreciation for all that she gave to us”.