St. Patrick’s Day is always a day to remember at the hub. Preparations this year began in the Art Hub where the pressure to get things right on time were felt weeks in advance with many of the kids and several volunteers offering their helping hands to the cause which included copious amounts of sewing and painting.
The theme of the parade this year was “wild bees” to raise awareness for the fact that they are now becoming extinct. This choice of theme allowed for many colourful and expressive floats and costumes. Prior to the big day we held a full dress rehearsal at the front of the hub which brought the kids and volunteers together. On the day itself we assembled at first at the Art Hub for a fabulous breakfast before heading into town.
Our route began at the top of O’Connell Street where hundreds of people awaited the festivities. There was a great atmosphere throughout the city and reception to our wild bees was buzzing. Our efforts paid off massively as the entire day went down as a success.
On Friday the 7th of February all of us here at the Learning Hub took part in a Health and Wellbeing event in Thomond Park. The aim of this was to promote healthy choices and educate the young adults of Limerick to choose the healthy option. In conjunction with this, Keith Earls and Mike Sherry from the Munster rugby squad were answering questions along with Damien O’Donoghue, the Strength and Conditioning coach with the Munster Academy.
- The Munster men answering the student’s questions.
The one hundred students that attended were given profiles of people detailing their daily lives and diet. Students, along with the help from their Co-Op leaders had to pinpoint positive or negative eating/sleeping/exercising habits and research the facts behind them. When the research had been done, the groups had to present their findings in front of judges, Marcus Horan and the Rugby men.
The youths split into teams and were assigned roles including time keepers, researchers and presenters. Each group had an iPad or Tablet to aid with research, as well as the display tables set up by us here at the Hub. The winning group received a prize and went away with a better knowledge of what is healthy and what is not.
A fun and informative day was had by all!