Will you be organising a tea party in aid of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

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Will you be organising a tea party in aid of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Alzheimer Society of Ireland Ambassador, Dáithí Ó Sé is encouraging people to get involved.

RTÉ and Rose of Tralee presenter, Dáithí Ó Sé, is calling on the nation to host a Tea Day in aid of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI). 

Alzheimer’s Tea Day, the charity’s largest annual fundraising campaign takes place on Thursday, May 2, 2019.  The ASI aims to raise €500,000 to provide supports and services to help families living with dementia nationwide.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Alzheimer’s Tea Day. The inaugural Alzheimer’s Tea Day took place in 1994. The Tea Day campaign provides vital funds for truly important services, which include: nationwide day care centres, respite, home care, social clubs, carer support groups, Alzheimer cafés and the busy National Helpline.

Every year, thousands of people around the country get involved with local Tea Day events in their homes, workplaces, schools, local community centres, parishes or somewhere special. The ASI is asking people to invite their friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to have a cuppa, a chat and maybe a treat or two.

Get involved and host a tea party by visiting www.teaday.ie and simply register your details to receive a Tea Day pack – the pack includes an A3 poster, an invitation book, a collection box, 5 books of raffle tickets, a bank giro and fun tips on hosting a Tea Day event. Registration deadline is Friday, April 26. Last year there were 1,200 Tea Day hosts and this year the Charity is looking to double that number.

441 living with dementia in Leitrim

It is estimated that there are 441 people living with dementia in Leitrim and for every one person with dementia three others are directly affected. The number of people with dementia is expected to more than double over the next 20 years to 882 in 2039.

All funds that are raised locally stay local to support ASI services.

- €10 can provide an hour at an Alzheimer’s café for a person with dementia
- €25 can provide one hour of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy
- €50 can provide a session of Musical Therapy to people with dementia
- €100 can run a social club for one day

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland Ambassador, Dáithí Ó Sé said: "Dementia is something that could affect any of us some day and did you know that for every one person diagnosed with dementia, three people are directly affected and that could be you or your loved ones? What alarms me is that the 441 figure is set to double in the next 20 years. But by taking part in this campaign you are helping to raise vital funds and awareness of a condition that is affecting so many of our family, friends and neighbours. What’s important to remember is that money raised locally stays locally, so by getting involved you’ll be supporting your own community.

"Remember that no Tea Day party is too small or too big, so join the hundreds of hosts from around the country and register for your pack at www.teaday.ie.”

For more information, to get involved or to register for an Alzheimer’s Tea Day pack, visit www.teaday.ie or call (01) 207 3833. Follow ASI on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ TheAlzheimerSocietyofIreland/, Twitter @alzheimerSocIre, #TeaDay2019 #TimeForTea Instagram:@alzheimersocirl