Tun­nel Vi­sion tak­ing to the sil­ver screen

The Corkman - - NEWS - BILL BROWNE

A SHORT film telling the story of the Mal­low-based Tun­nel Vi­sion project will be pre­miered at the Gate Cin­ema in Mar­ket Square at 6pm this evening (Thurs­day).

The seven-minute film is be­ing screened along with a se­lec­tion of other shorts on a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent top­ics of in­ter­est un­der the ban­ner of the Mal­low Arts Fes­ti­val.

It has been cre­ated by the Path­ways stu­dents of the Na­tional Lean­ing Net­work and Tun­nel Vi­sion stu­dents un­der the guid­ance of Ger Browne of Black­wa­ter Ac­tive Sports Ed­u­ca­tion.

It tells the story be­hind the Tun­nel Vi­sion project, a part­ner­ship be­tween the Path­way pro­gramme, COPE Mal­low and the Mal­low branch of the Ir­ish Wheel­chair As­so­ci­a­tion.

Es­tab­lished in 2002, the project fo­cuses on the plan­ning and im­ple­men­ta­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal and hor­ti­cul­tural-themed projects, en­cour­ag­ing team­work, in­clu­sion, in­te­gra­tion and dis­abil­ity aware­ness.

Tun­nel Vi­sion works with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, of­fer­ing work­shops on a range of is­sues such as plant­ing and willow-work, and it also runs its own mar­ket stall to sell pro­duce.

The short film was made pos­si­ble through a grant of €2,000 from the 2017 Lo­cal Agenda 21 En­vi­ron­men­tal Part­ner­ship Fund, an an­nual scheme jointly funded by Cork County Coun­cil and the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cli­mate Ac­tion and the Environmen­t.

It was among 46 en­vi­ron­men­tally themed projects across Cork, from com­mu­nity and school gar­dens to singe-use plas­tic re­duc­tion and re­cy­cling ini­tia­tives, which re­ceived a to­tal of €67,274 in fund­ing last year.

This year al­most 80 ap­pli­ca­tions for fund­ing un­der the scheme have been lodged with Cork County Coun­cil, with the an­nounce­ment of the suc­cess­ful 2018 projects ex­pected to be made over the com­ing weeks.

The Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Pa­trick Ger­ard Mur­phy, said the Tun­nel Vi­sion film was a per­fect ex­am­ple of how the scheme can high­light work done in com­mu­ni­ties across the county.

“Cork County Coun­cil is par­tic­u­larly keen to sup­port schemes such as the Tun­nel Vi­sion project. This is a fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive that un­der­takes fan­tas­tic work in pro­mot­ing com­mu­nity in­te­gra­tion through en­gage­ment with the environmen­t and has been of great ben­e­fit to Mal­low and the wider north Cork Area since its launch,” said Mayor Mur­phy.

Stu­dents from the Mal­low-based Path­ways pro­gramme shoot­ing their short movie about the Tun­nel Vi­sion project, which will be screened tonight at the Gate Cin­ema.

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