A group of students from Limerick Institute of Technology are calling on their counterparts across Ireland to follow their lead.
Last month Applied Event Management students from Limerick Institute of Technology hosted an afternoon of entertainment for 104 elderly residents of Limerick City.
The event, sponsored by Bluebird Care Limerick and Masterchefs Hospitality, promoted social inclusion for those they say are “sometimes forgotten in the Ireland of today.”
The students are hoping that the success of their simple idea “All Sorts” will generate a domino effect and they are encouraging other third level colleges to follow their lead and host similar events for older people in their communities.
Applied Event Managemenet student and All Sorts Project Manager Joanne O’Meara says, "Older people make us appreciate what we have with their incredible stories of survival, faith and courage. We have a lot to learn from them. We would ask other students to organise a smiliar event.”
William Ring General Manager of Bluebird Care Limerick said he had "huge admiration" for the LIT students who "demonstrated social responsbility beyond their years."
Residents came from across Limerick from the following Nursing Homes:
St Camillus Hospital
Abbot Close Nursing Home
Roseville Nursing Home
Caherass Nursing Home
The Park Nursing Home
Hillview Nursing Home
Beech Lodge Nursing Home, Care Facility and Retirement Village
St Catherines Nursing Home and Retirement Village
The entertainment was provided by local musician Tommy O'Neill on guitar and national treasures Shaun O'Dowd and Hanora.
The photographer was Denis Vahey of Denis Vahey Photography in Cashel.
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