Limerick Volunteer Centre (LVC) is preparing to celebrate the first ever UN International Day of Happiness by organising a Happiness street festival in the city centre.
The festival will take place on Bedford Row between 11.30am and 2.30pm on March 20.
According to the World Health Organisation, volunteering and happiness are inextricably linked.
People who volunteer are generally healthier and happier than those that don’t volunteer.
“We want to promote volunteering as a way of bringing more happiness into our lives. At a time when people may be feeling down due to the economic climate, the Limerick Volunteer Centre is here to promote the benefits of getting involved in our local communities and embracing happiness,” explained Monica O’Brien- Smith from the Limerick Volunteer Centre
Next week’s festival will include a free hugs campaign, complimentary happiness cupcakes, magic, face-painting, laughter yoga, music, fire breathing and much more.
Around 100 students from UL, LIT and Mary Immaculate College will join contributors from St Mary’s Aid, St Munchin’s Family Resource Centre, Southill Area Centre, Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre and Limerick Youth Service in making the event a success.
LVC is a one-stop-shop for volunteering throughout Limerick city and county. LVC provides a free volunteer placement service for individuals who want to undertake voluntary activity in their community.
The centre also provides an advertising service through an online database for not-for-profit organisations that are seeking to involve volunteers.
The overall aim of the service is to match people with appropriate volunteering opportunities.
Additional services include volunteer management training, garda vetting and individual consultations.
For more information log onto www.volunteerlimerick.ie.