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Alzheimer Society of Ireland fundraiser has 55,000 reasons to get the kettle on

Apr 16, 2019

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The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s (ASI) annual Tea Day fundraiser takes place on Thursday May 2, 2019, when thousands of people nationwide will get involved with local Tea Day events in their homes, workplaces, schools, local community centres, parishes or somewhere special. 

This is the 25th Anniversary of Alzheimer’s Tea Day, and the ASI aims to raise €500,000 to provide supports and services to help families living with dementia nationwide. 

“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,” says the ASI. 

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. 

To get involved and to host a tea party visit 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, 26th April. Last year there were 1,200 Tea Day hosts and this year the Charity is looking to double that number. 

“It is estimated that there are 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland 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 113,000 in 2039,” says the ASI.

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

Speaking at the Campaign Launch in Dublin recently, ASI Ambassador, Dáithí Ó Sé said: “I’m delighted to support Alzheimer’s Tea Day again this year. On Thursday, May 2, we want the whole country to have a chat, a cup of tea and donate a few euro to The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s Tea Day campaign to help provide essential dementia-specific services for people with dementia in Ireland. There are 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland today, so that’s 55,000 good reasons to get the kettle on.” 

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