St. Mary’s Diocesan School TY boys pictured rehearsing for their 24 hour sponsored silence on Friday 25th October.
Teachers at St Mary’s Diocesan School will be the envy of their peers later this month when their Transition Year students will attempt something that some would say is impossible - to remain silent for a full day!
It’s going to be tough, but the 95 St. Mary’s TY boys will try to maintain complete silence for a full 24 hours on Friday 25th October.
Of course the boys are not attempting this difficult task for no reason, they are seeking sponsorship from friends and family and all the money raised will be going to the Drogheda Alzheimer's Day Care Centre Building Fund for people living with dementia.
“Society often fails to listen to the voices of people affected by Dementia” said a spokesperson. “At St Mary’s Diocesan School, we've responded by organising a sponsored silence, with people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s genuinely at its heart.
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“All funds raised will be donated to Drogheda Alzheimer's Day Care Centre Building Fund for elders living with dementia in our community."
Ann Shortt of the Drogheda Alzheimer's Day Care Centre said she was delighted with the efforts being made by the St. Mary’s boys.
“It’s great to see young people taking an interest in the plight of people with dementia who are among the most vulnerable people in society “she said.
The sponsored silence comes after a marvellous TY programme carried out by St. Mary’s students last year in which they spent time in the current temporary centre getting to know the service users and gave gave them MP3 players with dedicated playlists for each recipient.
“They (the MP3 players) continue to give great joy to this day” Ann said, “I can’t speak highly enough of the efforts of the boys involved. They continue to take a great interest and still visit regularly” she said.
Encouraging people to be generous in their sponsorship of the boys, Ann said that is approaching crunch time for the campaign to fund the long awaited new centre at Greenhills.