‘Hands free’ as Limerick students pledge to ditch phones for 24 hours

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

Students are to spend 24 hours without their phones

Students are to spend 24 hours without their phones

LIMERICK students have pledged to ditch their phones for 24 hours in a bid to raise awareness and funds for disability services.

On Tuesday, October 23, students at Colaiste Nano Nagle will spend a day without their phones as part of the ‘No Phone Survival Challenge’ in aid of Enable Ireland. 

“We are delighted to be taking part in the No Phone Survival Challenge, and to be raising funds to support disability services,” Marion Begley, from Colaiste Nano Nagle, said. 

This year Enable Ireland is also offering schools the chance to earn an ‘Enable Ireland Disability Awareness Shield’ with a four module plan on disability awareness.

“Disability awareness and inclusion is hugely important to our school, and achieving the Disability Awareness Shield will really demonstrate that,” Ms Begley added. 

According to Enable Ireland, the disability awareness lesson plans provide a four-part educational module which give students a full and interactive introduction to the reality of life with a disability.  

Every school that completes the lesson plan qualifies for the Enable Ireland Disability Awareness Shield. 

Joanne O’Hagan, head of fundraising at Enable Ireland said: “We are delighted that students at Colaiste Nano Nagle are taking on the challenge, along with over a hundred schools all over Ireland.”

“The funds raised are vital-every year we need over €2 million in additional funding to meet the costs of delivering our services.” 

Money raised locally from the No Phone Survival Challenge will be used to support services to children and adults with disabilities. 

Schools who wish to register for the challenge, or would like more information, should email nophone@enableireland.ie or call 01 885 7152.