School students in Bantry schools have taken the time to send special Easter greetings to older people in their locality through an initiative arranged by the Bantry Age Friendly Town project . Over 200 cards were beautifully decorated and lovely individual messages written on them by the very artistic students in the Convent of Mercy NS, St Finbarr’s Boy’s NS and 5th year students in Colaiste Phobail. These are being delivered to older people in the Bantry area to receive in time for Easter.
Winnie O’Sullivan, Chairperson Bantry Age Friendly hopes that the cards will encourage older people, many of whom are living alone and really missing human contact due to Covid restrictions. She says ‘this is a real example of so many individuals and organisations pulling together to bring what we hope is joy to many people for Easter’
Bantry Age Friendly would like to thank Marie Power in the Convent of Mercy NS, Brian Gleeson in St. Finbarr’s Boys NS and Jacinta O’Connor in Colaiste Phobail for their cooperation and support of this project. We would like to also thank Charles Coombs of BARA House, Aiden McCarthy of Bantry Care of the Aged who identified recipients and arranged distribution. Residents in Deerpark Nursing Home will also receive cards, thanks to the assistance of Josephine Walsh.
The Bantry Age Friendly group are currently working on preparing their initial plan which will include a number of steps to make Bantry a great town and community to grow old in . For updates, see our Facebook page.
Pictured above is a small selection of Easter cards beautifully written and decorated by National & Secondary school children for older people in Bantry.