Ard Chúram on the fundrais­ing trail as they push for a new Alzheimer Cen­tre by 2020

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By FER­GUS DEN­NEHY

THE Ard Chúram Day Cen­tre in Lis­towel is on the fundrais­ing trail this month as or­gan­is­ers seek to col­lect the nec­es­sary funds for the con­struc­tion of the pro­posed new Alzheimer Day Care Cen­tre.

The new cen­tre is cur­rently with Kerry County Coun­cil for plan­ning per­mis­sion and it is hoped that it will be con­structed in 2019 and be­come fully op­er­a­tional in the sum­mer of 2020.

The cost of the new Cen­tre fully fit­ted out is ex­pected to be in ex­cess of €700k.

To help with the costs, the 63 mem­bers of Ard Chúram’s new cho­ral group will hold a con­cert in St Mary’s Church Lis­towel on Fri­day Novem­ber 23 at 8pm.

The cho­ral group was started with the ini­tial grant­ing of aid to the Ard Chúram from Kerry County Coun­cil un­der their Healthy Ire­land Ini­tia­tive. Mairéad Han­lon was ap­pointed as a Com­mu­nity co­or­di­na­tor for all North Kerry’s over 50’s So­cial Groups and from the in­ter­ac­tion and dis­cus­sions with these groups the plan for a fundrais­ing cho­ral group was con­ceived and born.

“The vi­brancy and en­thu­si­asm from these 63 peo­ple is liv­ing proof of their sup­port for a new Alzheimer Cen­tre and their will­ing­ness to be en­gaged and to con­trib­ute to the well-be­ing of North Kerry’s Com­mu­ni­ties,” said Mairéad.

The group state that the case for a new Alzheimer Unit in North Kerry is be­yond ques­tion. The Cen­tre for Eco­nomic & So­cial Re­search on De­men­tia in NUI Gal­way has con­cluded that there are 340 peo­ple with De­men­tia (in­clud­ing Alzheimers) liv­ing in North Kerry and that the HSE es­ti­mates that ap­prox­i­mately 100 of these peo­ple would be suit­able to at­tend a day care ser­vice.

Fin­barr Mawe who is the di­rec­tor and trea­surer with the Ard Chúram group has ad­vised that there are in­ten­sive fundrais­ing plans in place for 2019 and that Ard Chúram has ap­plied to the Ring of Kerry Char­ity Cy­cle for their next year’s nom­i­na­tion.

The Con­cert in St Mary’s Church is the first fundraiser.

The door prize on the night is two tick­ets to the Late Late Show and or­gan­is­ers of the con­cert at Ard Chúram said that they are very grate­ful to Canon De­clan O’Con­nor for al­low­ing the group the use of the Church and for his un­stint­ing sup­port of the Alzheimer Day Care Cen­tre project.

If you’re in and around the area, be sure to call in for a great night of mu­sic.

Mem­bers of the Ard Chúram’s in prepa­ra­tion for their forth­com­ing con­cert at St Mary’s Church in Lis­towel on Fri­day, Novem­ber 23, next in aid of the Alzheimer’s Cen­tre cam­paign.

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