Longford Brí joins in Global Picnic Day

Ned Rispin from BR�, Cllr Mae Sexton, Mary Toher from Longford V.E.C, Barbara McNally from Longford V.E.C and Sandy Roper BR� Fasilitator. Photo: Michelle Ghee. wwww.gphotos.ie
Longford will see a new attempt on the world record for a global picnic on Saturday week, September 21.

Longford will see a new attempt on the world record for a global picnic on Saturday week, September 21.

This year’s Longford day for the Brain Injury Global Picnic will be opened by Global Picnic founder Annie Ricketts, herself the survivor of a disabling head injury.

Supporters and members of Brí, plus many visitors, are joining the Brain Injury Global Picnic Awareness day.

All are welcome at Longford’s rugby club from 1–5pm on Saturday afternoon, September 21. In a bid for the World Record, the aim is to add to the total of people meeting on the same day worldwide for a coordinated picnic.

Brí in Longford is part of the nationwide association of people and families living with brain injuries – from head trauma accidents, strokes, tumours and other causes.

As well as the Brain Injury Global Picnic, there will also be loads of fun for all the family.

After a motorbike and N52 Renegrades Scooter tour of Longford Town, the Rugby Club will host Phoenix Martial arts Association display, Ebony Mc Grath and Robin Duke Irish dancing display and scout displays. Laura Doherty will make a presentation on Brain Injury, and there will be a raffle and a cup cake cooking demo.

Smaller children will be kept entertained by a special marquee with face-painting, a puppet show, a kids’ disco and a Mickey and Minnie Mouse performance.

All ages can enjoy music throughout the afternoon too. With MC Frank Kilbride overseeing proceedings, the line-up also includes Longford Pipe Band, Philip Rodgers, Tommy Kelly and Alan Lee Band, Elvis, the Fox Sisters, Chuck & June, Seamus Farrell, and Paschal, Davy and Liz.

There will also be a Longford Brí Group crafts display, which would not be possible without Longford VEC Tutor Barbara McNally. Body painting, a bouncing castle and assorted display stands complete the line-up of what promises to be an excellent day of entertainment - and all for a good cause!

To take part in the fun, each adult will be asked for €2 and a suggested 50 cents for children. The picnic itself, for the world record bid, will be at 3pm. Each family must bring their own picnic and something to sit on.

Brí is a charity supporting people with brain injury. Each year in Ireland, over 10,000 people suffer head injuries, nearly half of which have longer-term brain injury consequences, some permanently disabling. There are also 10,000 people who have strokes each year.

Brain injuries are a hidden epidemic, with too little public awareness and too few HSE resources available to rehabilitate or support people.

The world picnic target to break through is 22,232 – Longford families, the picnic organisers, and all people with brain injury are hoping for a big turnout.