Disability awareness celebrated

Disability awareness celebrated
On Friday last, Daniel Gubbins, Stephan Grace & Friends provided wonderful music and song entertainment for a celebration of disability awareness at an outdoor lunch event at the Moorhehaven Centre in Tipperary Town.

On Friday last, Daniel Gubbins, Stephan Grace & Friends provided wonderful music and song entertainment for a celebration of disability awareness at an outdoor lunch event at the Moorhehaven Centre in Tipperary Town.

The event was the second of its kind to be held in Tipperary over the past few months in partnership with the HSE’s Tipperary Gold Star initiative. In June of this year a similar event was hosted at the beautiful Sensory Garden in Cahir along with the South Tipp Community and Voluntary Forum.

“The aim of these events is to encourage people to celebrate disability and diversity by encouraging everyone to come along and bring their lunch for an outdoor sing song and get together with the local community,” explained HSE Goldstar Executive Anne Bradshaw.

Daniel Gubbins from Thomastown came up with the idea to host the second Lunch ‘n’ Roll event in Tipperary Town. Dan has worked with the Disability Gold Star project in the past to raise disability awareness when he recorded the voiceover for the Poohchew video. Poohchew was developed by young people from Tipperary to highlight the negative impact of dog fouling on the streets on people with disabilities, particularly on those using mobility aids, wheelchairs or a long white cane.

Blind guitar player Stephan Grace from Ardfinnan kept everyone rocking and rolling with his tuneful playing and Daniel sang Elvis songs and other popular sing-alongs that got everyone out dancing.

The Tipperary Town’s Lunch ‘n’ Roll event was very successful and enjoyable which was helped by the beautiful weather. It also coincided nicely with Tipperary Vs Kilkenny All Ireland fever. In a sea of blue and gold there was a great atmosphere and many people from the local community came along and joined in.

The Tipperary Gold Star Task group would like to thank participants and staff at the Moorehaven Centre in Tipperary Town who greatly supported the event. They kindly hosted it on the Plaza of the beautiful newly renovated Moorehaven premises on O’Brien Street. Thank you also to local business and service providers who came along and enjoyed the fun and to Tipp Mid West Radio attended the event and recorded some of the music.

“Events like this are a wonderful means of reaching into the community to ensure all people of all abilities are enabled to participate in society. A successful disability awareness event only comes about as a result of the great support of local groups, business and service providers and Gold Star volunteers in Tipperary. ,” added Anne