On Thursday, March 24, Good2Talk will host a huge fundraising event to bridge the gap in their service provision for children.
A boys versus girls, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’-style battle between Team Black Olive and Team Viewmount House, appropriately titled ‘Good2Cook’ will kick off in the Longford Arms in order to raise funds for a Play Therapist at the counselling and psychotherapy support service.
Explaining the importance of acquiring a Play Therapist for the county, Managing Therapist at Good2Talk Siobhan Leijen told the Leader: “When a child experiences a death, a separation in their family, bullying at school or have been exposed to a tragic event in their lives, they need to talk too. For children under 12, often the best way to do this is through play.
“Unlike adults who can identify and express feeling, children have not developed the skills to communicate in this way yet, therefore, they express their feeling through play. Many of their issues in life are thrashed out while playing with a doll, a toy soldier or just by exploring sand and water,” Siobhan revealed.
“Good2Talk has recognised an urgent need for a Play Therapist in our community that is accessible within 72 hours. We listened to concerned parents who fear for their children’s wellbeing as they search for help locally and we are taking action,” she continued.
In order to hire a Play Therapist, the funds first have to be raised, and that will begin with the Good2Cook extravaganza planned next Thursday, March 24.
Gerry Warnock and Eddie Valentine (Team Viewmount House) will take on Kat Mahon and Pauline Coady Belton (Team Black Olive) in a race against the clock, under some surprising conditions, to win the title of Longford’s best celebrity chef. Special guest judges Ciaran Mullooly, Mary Claire Grealy and Benny O’Brien will really have their work cut out for them as they give their opinions on the contestants’ efforts before the final decision is made by the toughest judges - the audience!
Local food producers will open the event, offering a taste of what Longford has to offer and there will be some exciting musical entertainment on the night as well.
The evening will be led by MC Joe Flaherty, whose witty commentary will no doubt keep the audience laughing - and all for a great cause.
Committed to providing a Play Therapy service to children in the county, Good2Talk are asking the community to support what is promised to be an unforgettable night and Siobhan concluded by adding; “Every child deserves a happy, carefree childhood and we are determined to be here for children as well as adults when they need our help.”
Doors open at 7pm on the night and tickets, costing just €15, are now available from Good2Talk, 2 Keon’s Terrace; Viewmount House; The Black Olive and the Longford Arms Hotel.
For more information, search for Good 2 Cook Longford’s Best Celebrity Chef Event on Facebook.