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Dáithí Ó Sé says there are 1,929 reasons to put the kettle on in Donegal for the Alzheimer Society

The Alzheimers' Society tea day takes place on May 3rd

Michelle NicPhaidin

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Daithí Ó Sé

RTÉ star Dáithí Ó Sé has said that there are 1,929 good reasons to put the kettle on on Donegal for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

Alzheimer’s Tea Day, which is held on Thursday May 3rd, is the Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s (ASI) largest annual fundraising campaign, supported for the third year by Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology.

Dáithí Ó Sé said: "I'm delighted to support Alzheimer’s Tea Day again this year, for the third year running.  There's 1,929   people living with dementia in Donegal today so that's 1,929   good reasons to get the kettle on. What alarms me is that this number is set to double in the next 20 years. By taking part in this campaign you are helping to raise vital funds and awareness of a condition that is affecting so many of our family, friends and neighbours. What’s important to remember is that money raised locally stays locally, so by getting involved you’ll be supporting your own community."

Since the very first Alzheimer’s Tea Day in 1994 approximately €8M has been raised to provide essential support to the 34,650 Women and 19,800 Men living with dementia in Ireland at present. Every year thousands of people host tea parties in their homes, offices and schools. This year you are being asked to join them, all funds raised locally stay locally.

The ASI is the national leader in advocating for and providing dementia-specific supports and services. Each year it provides more than one million hours of community-based dementia-specific care throughout Ireland. 

One in 2 people in Ireland know someone who has been diagnosed with dementia.

Operations Manager for North West Region, Mary Callanan said: "Our annual Tea Day is the biggest fundraising event in our calendar and we need your support. Remember that all the money raised locally stays locally which helps to fund all the vital services and supports in our communities, so we'd encourage everyone to get involved by putting the kettle on or you can check to see what events are taking place locally, the important thing is to get involved and who doesn't like a good cuppa."

For more information or to register for Alzheimer’s Tea Day fundraising pack, visit www.teaday.ie or call (01) 207 3800   #timefortea