National Community Day at Listowel Community Centre

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Listowel Community Centre is due to host “The Big Hello” event this weekend – a national
community day, an initiative of the Department of Rural and Community Development, which aims to strengthen ties within the community and promote wellbeing across the ages. It’s an opportunity to celebrate what’s good about our community and a chance for people to get to know all members of their community, to reconnect with neighbours and have a celebration together that is open, inclusive and local. “In a world where people are spending less time in their communities and more time at work, it is important to find new ways to connect people and focus on the importance of neighbours.” Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development.

The event takes place on Sunday May 5th with two open gym sessions, where the community are invited to tour the facilities, see demonstrations of all the new equipment and meet and greet the Centre’s staff and professional instructors. Staff will also be on hand to explain membership options, designed to keep the Centre in reach of everyone who wants to participate. BASE is LCC’s new gym and symbolises the starting point for someone’s activity, health and wellbeing journey. It’s a foundation that underpins the benefits of long lasting vitality and a platform for enjoying life the way it should be. The people of Listowel, North Kerry and West Limerick deserve excellence and it is our aim to develop affordable high-tech activity and wellbeing programmes that are inclusive and age friendly.

On Sunday May 5th the community are invited to come and try out the gym facilities at BASE for free from 10.00am-12.00pm and again from 4.00pm-6.00pm. The morning session will also include a free pop up class for teenagers called “Teen Hiit”, starting at 10.45am-11.30am while in the evening there will be a free pop up class for older adults, “older adult and games session” at 4.30-5.30pm.

At the heart of what the team in LCC are looking to achieve is to support the local community in the most innovative, forward thinking and inclusive way and are starting a remembrance wall for the month of May, with positive affirmations for our neighbours or the town itself with each affirmation on the day receiving a complimentary drink from the fantastic team at Kettle and Cup.

We would like to express our deepest thanks and appreciation to Kerry County Council and the elected members for supporting this event.

Pictured: Event Organisers Sean Kearney, Darren Fitzgibbon & Padraic Walsh with BASE instructor John Keane & participants form the Go For Life Programme promoting the Big Hello! Event