There was great excitement in the studios of Tipp Mid West Radio for the official launch of the 2014 accessible version of the Poohchew video on behalf of the Tipperary Town Gold Star Project and the South Tipperary Development Company.
Daniel Gubbins, who did the voice- over work for the new version of the Poohchew Video, sang live on Joe Pryce’s Morning Call programme at Tipp Mid West radio along with a number of musicians to celebrate the launch.
“There’s a great spirit of joy and excitement with Daniel here and the atmosphere created by Daniel and the musicians was so good we extended the interview slot,” said Tipp Mid West station manager Ann Power.
The 2014 version of the Poohchew Video project aims to raise awareness of litter but with a particular focus on dog fouling on our streets highlighting the very specific impact dog pooh and chewing gum on people with disabilities including: wheelchair users and those using long canes for mobility assistance.
“People suffer greatly as a result of accidentally rolling through or stepping on dog pooh or chewing gum on the streets,” said Anne Bradshaw HSE.
“The rancid smell of dog pooh often ends up getting on to the hands of wheelchair users and those with visual impairments. The message of the Poohchew video is to, ‘pick up after your dog’ and to remember that if it’s ‘my litter it’s my responsibility’.”
The original Poohchew video was launched in 2013 at the Excel.
The new 2014 version of the Poohchew video enables people with visual impairments to access the video thanks to a wonderful voice over by Daniel Gubbins.
Daniel’s family was at the studios to cheer him on. “I’m very proud of Daniel and what we need to remember is that he doesn’t read or write and yet he learnt the voice- over script by memory,” said his mother Mags.
Mayor Anna Touhy-Halligan was at the launch.
“It’s the responsibility of every dog owner to pick up after their dog and consider the impact on wheelchair users if they don’t. ” There is a law against dog fouling and the traffic warden and dog warden can enforce on-the-spot fines.
“Daniel did the most fantastic work with the Gold Star Project to learn the script for the voice over that explains the contents of the video,” added Anne Bradshaw.
“We’d like to say a special thank you to Daniel for his voice-over work, to Stephan Grace, his friends Tony and Mike and Pat Murnane who provided music and entertainment live on air and to Tipp Mid West radio staff for doing wonderful work in our community and helping to raise disability awareness at every opportunity. Thank you also to the Nationalist newspaper for helping and supporting the community in efforts to raise awareness about the issue of dog fouling and chewing gum litter on our streets.”