Drogheda Cares at Christmas has chosen the Alzheimer’s Day Care Centre as its local project this year and the overseas funding will go to the Augustinian Community in Venezuela.
The Drogheda branch of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland hopes to begin building its new day care centre in 2020 and they still need to raise €150,000 as quickly as possible. Planning permission for the purpose built centre was recently granted by Louth County Council.
The local branch provides day care for people with dementia, support for carers and information on how to work with people with dementia.
The Augustinians in Venezuela provide both primary and secondary education for children in the country which is going through political and social upheaval. Poverty, crime and unemployment have skyrocketed.
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They are seeking help to provide computers in one of their schools to assist the pupils to get a good education.
Sponsor cards are available at the Augustinian shop in Shop Street and they have also been distributed to local secondary schools.
Participants are asked to switch off mobile phones and other gadgets and pause all social media activity for any 24 hours (12 hours for under 15’s) between now and Christmas.
“Anyone who prefers can fast for a chosen period instead” said organiser Phil Conyngham. “If individuals or groups wish to run an event for Drogheda Cares it would be very welcome,” she added. You can contact Phil on 086-8123310.
Part of the proceeds of a concert entitled Airs of Old Drogheda, with music by Michael Holohan, being held on Sunday December 8th at 8pm in the Augustinian Church will be given to the Drogheda Cares campaign and part to the Barlow House Restoration Fund.