Tuesday, 25th April 2017
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Information evening on dementia-related conditions at Waterford Institute of Technology to mark Alzheimer Society’s national fundraising ‘Tea Day’

WIT is running an information evening on dementia-related conditions on Thursday, 27 April on WIT’s main campus to mark The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s national fundraising campaign ‘Tea Day’.

This is in addition to a fundraising event for staff and students in the morning and an information bus on campus in the afternoon, with Amy a nurse who has dementia specific knowledge and experiences available to talk to the general public.

The fundraising information event will take place from 5pm with talks starting at 6-8.30pm. These include: Kathy Ryan 'Living with Dementia', Prof Riona Mulachy 'Challenges in Dementia', Jemma Kehoe 'Therapeutic Foods for Dementia', Dr Sinead Conneely 'Legal Planning and Decision Making: Changes in Irish Law and Policy'. Booking is not required. Details available at http://www.wit.ie/events.

Fiona Whelan-Ryan, a marketing lecturer at WIT is behind the initiative which will involve a fundraising ‘Tea Day’ for staff and students on the morning of Thursday, 27 April. WIT runs its Tea Day earlier than the national event to help maximize funds raised before students break for exams. Staff and students at Waterford Institute of Technology raised more than €3,000 for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland last year.

This is a campus-wide initiative with staff and students coming together from various departments to raise funds for the local branch of the ASI.

Whelan-Ryan says: “1 in 2 people in Ireland know someone who has been diagnosed with dementia. But only 1 in 4 say they have a good understanding of dementia. We want to raise awareness about dementia and support services that are there and as a college community to ‘understand together’.”

CEO of the ASI Pat McLoughlin said: “Last year Alzheimer’s Tea Day raised €470,000, thanks to our wonderful Tea Day hosts and all those who attended and supported events around the country. We’re delighted that Medtronic are with us again this year as their support has been vital. The money this campaign has generated has made a real and lasting difference to the lives of people in local communities living with dementia as all funds raised by Alzheimer’s Tea Day locally stay local and help to support vital lifelines across our range of services including Day Care, Home Care, Family Carer Training and Dementia Advisers. 1 in 2 of us knows someone who has been diagnosed with dementia that could be your mother, father, uncle, aunt, sibling or friend.”

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