Individuals, groups and businesses in Limerick have been urged to organise events at home and work for the annual Alzheimer Society Tea Day.
The Society has launched its 18th annual Tea Day appeal with the help of top Limerick politicians. Deputy Mayor Maria Byrne, Jan O’Sullivan, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Willie O’Dea TD, Cllr Joe Leddin and Cllr Cormac Hurley all attended the press launch for the event at the Care Centre in Garryowen.
Willie O’Dea said: “I’m here to give my support to this Society, I come here every year and it is a great organisation, and in my opinion one of the best in the country. I want to recognise the work of the volunteers that help with one of the worst illnesses. I know two of the patients here, they have canvassed for me in the past and now they no longer recognise me. They are both only in their 50s.”
Alzheimer’s Tea Day takes place on Thursday May 3 to raise funds to help the Society provide local dementia services. Individuals, groups and businesses are urged to participate and make Thursday May 3 “A Day to Remember”.
Chairperson of the Limerick Branch Committee, Marilyn Sheehan said:“this year more than ever we need the support of the people of Limerick to help us sustain the services we provide to the sufferers of Alzheimer’s Disease, and also to provide valuable respite to their carers. The number of people who avail of our services has increased significantly, and is projected to climb even further. We need to provide more services in order to help these people. However, this requires more funding, from the government, HSE, and the generous Limerick people, who subsidise one third of our work through Alzheimer’s Tea Day and other donations throughout the year. All funds raised locally, stay local”.
For more information on the services provided by the Alzheimer Society, or to host a Tea Day or other fundraiser, contact the Limerick Branch at 061 313456.