Verne Troyer inspires at the Odyssey Bowl

As we all already know, Verne Troyer of Austin Powers and Celebrity Big Brother fame is in Belfast filming for “Keith Lemon: The Movie”. Last week Verne had a day off from filming, but in his role as an ambassador for the Best Buddies organisation, Verne arranged a bowling game and meet up with children from North Antrim’s charity CAN.
The Compass Advocacy Network or CAN is a service provider of activities and work opportunities for young people and adults with learning disabilities serving the Causeway Area of Northern Ireland.
CAN manager, Linda McKendry, opened communication between Best Buddies of Massachusetts and CAN for potential partnership opportunities, but it came as a complete surprise when Linda received an email informing her that Verne was filming in Belfast and wanted to meet with the kids as a Best Buddy ambassador.
Verne met everyone at the Odyssey Bowl and followed with dinner, but during the evening he made a huge impression on everyone with his big personality and he inspired the children with his accomplishments.
CAN participant Jamie Lee talked about how spending time with Verne affected him by saying “Verne says anything is possible. He is different like me and when I hear all the things he has done, I now want to do fab things as well.” Verne spent time with each one of the children individually and was warm and welcoming.
Linda Mc Kendry –Manager of CAN summed it up “Verne may be small in stature but to these kids he is huge in terms of his fame, achievements in film, fun levels, personality but especially in terms of his heart as he showed amazing compassion and understanding of them all and they felt valued by him as individuals. I cannot thank Verne and his team enough for making tonight one to remember and one which the children will never forget.”


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