Enable Ireland Campaign


Mount Mercy College Cork students Sinead Richardson, Caoimhe Boland and Anastasia Hassett hand over their phones for 24 hours to Cork hurler, and secondary school teacher Alan Cadogan who visited Mount Mercy College to promote Enable Ireland’s NO PHONE SURVIVAL CHALLENGE.
Picture. John Allen
For release: October 9, 2017
Photographer: John Allen

Alan Cadogan visits Mount Mercy College Students Who Lead the Way By Answering Enable Ireland’s No Phone Survival Challenge
It’s going to be one of Ireland’s biggest social experiments as addicted screen tapping teenagers are asked to give up their phones for 24 hours
Cork hurler, and secondary school teacher Alan Cadogan visited Mount Mercy College to promote Enable Ireland’s NO PHONE SURVIVAL CHALLENGE. He met with students at Mount Mercy College who are the first in the county to sign up to the challenge to support children and adults with disabilities in their community.
Enable Ireland’s No Phone Survival Challenge, will run for 24 hours, starting from Tuesday, October 24th at 12 noon.
The students at Mount Mercy College are asking others to step away from their phone and try to go cold turkey on October 24th. No phones, no snaps, no photos, no shares, likes or stories. It’s Like, really hard to do!
The No Phone Survival Challenge could become one of Ireland’s biggest social experiments. Ireland is pretty addicted to its phones. As a snapshot, over 40% of 16-24 year olds claim to be connected during every waking hour, according to a recent Eir survey.
According to Maria Desmond, Community Fundraising Manager, Enable Ireland, it’s a challenge that can help change the lives and futures of children and young people who rely on Assistive Technology to live more independent lives.
“By giving up their love affair with their phones, young people are not just pledging to raise vital funds,” Maria Desmond said, “They are putting the spotlight on the crucial power and impact that new technology has on the lives and independence of children and adults with disabilities.”
“Enable Ireland provides Assistive Technology to many young people and adults across the country, including here in Cork. This vital technology can support people with vision impairment or literacy challenges to read and write, it can give a voice to those who are non-speaking, or enable someone to live independently at home through the remote control of doors, windows and lights. AT can make the impossible possible, enabling people to live more independent lives at home, in school and in the workplace.”
“People think that they can’t live without their phones but by giving up their snaps, messages, calls, emails, shares, likes and stories for just one full day they can help raise vital funds to help us support many more people for whom technology is not just a luxury but essential to their quality of life,” she continued.
For more information contact:
Emma Archbold, Tel: 01 4536836 / 0879971410
Note to Editors
Enable Ireland would love if your newsroom could think about taking up the No Phone Survival Challenge on October 24th or to encourage your readers to give up their aul’ phone for just one day!
Attached are photos from our launch at Mount Mercy College.

Our First Years Organise Cake Sales during Mission Week

Cake Sales In Aid Of The Hope Foundation

From the 21st to the 25th of October the First Year students of Mount Mercy College held cake sales in aid of The Hope Foundation. The Hope Foundation is a registered Irish charity set up in 1999 to help restore basic human rights to the unprivileged section of society in and around Calcutta. Each First Year class held a cake sale every day of the week at lunch time where they sold cakes, biscuits, sweets and even pots of jelly. The aim of the cake sales was to make the First Years aware of the children in Calcutta and the work that is done by the Hope Foundation. Presently the organization is serving more than 18,000 children of people living in Calcutta and surrounding areas. The funds from the cake sales are going to the Hope Foundation. Ms Quain also held a fancy Halloween dress competition for the First Year students where half of the funds raised went to the Hope Foundation and the other half to the building of the school’s sports hall. Ms Quain had chosen the first year students to hold the cake sales because she felt it would be their first introduction to peace and justice which we highlight in MMC. This year was the second year that MsQuain had organised the cake sales. They were both held in October, during the mission week. Last year the first years had raised over 800 euro and this year they have exceeded €900. Well done girls ! 


Providence School in Shilong, North East India

Attached is the photo of the students of Shillong, North East India. Part of the money from the bake sales went to buying karate suits for the younger students in the photo. Providence is an experimental school in which students learn academic subjects and practical trades. The students are mostly from the Khasi tribe in the area and, although primary education is free in India, these kids wouldn’t be able to attend a regular school due to the cost of books and uniforms. In the past year the school has recognized the importance of promoting hobbies among the students. Already five students have reached state finals. Now, thanks to Mount Mercy’s First Year bake sale, more of the students will get a chance to compete.