GRAB you dancing shoes and jive your way to a world record as part of an exciting campaign to raise awareness that there’s plenty of fun to be had without involving alcohol.
The Drink Wise & Jive event will see hundreds of people take to the city centre in Derry to jive into the record books.
It will take place before Country Comes to City in Ebrington Square on Saturday 1st July at 1pm (for 2pm World record attempt). The attempt is for the Largest Jive Dance which currently stands at 250 people, so Derry is confident in its ability to double this number with people taking part in a synchronised jive for 5 minutes.
The event is being organised by Drink Wise Age Well, a Big Lottery Funded programme which offers a variety of support to those aged 50 and over to help them make healthier choices about alcohol as they age.
Often alcohol related issues are thought of as a young person’s issue, but life events such as retirement, bereavement and aging related health issues, can have a bigger negative impact on us as we age and our bodies start to process alcohol in a different way. Often people feel ashamed or embarrassed to come forward for support, which means their quality of life can suffer as well as their family members.
Joanne Smith, Locality Manager for DrinkWise Age Well stated:
‘We’re delighted to announce the Drink Wise & Jive World Record Attempt and are sure we’ll have great support in achieving it! Most of us have been touched by alcohol related issues in our homes or communities and know the harm it can cause. Unfortunately there is still a stigma attached to those experiencing issues and we’re hoping that by raising awareness in such a public way, we can show people that there should be no shame in seeking support and that Drink Wise Age Well is here to help’.
Mayor of Derry and Strabane District Council Alderman Hilary McClintock said she is fully supportive of the event. “This is a fantastic event, not only does it promise to be a lot of fun but it’s a fantastic way of getting out the message with regard to alcohol and encouraging people to make healthier choices and be more responsible.”
Drink Wise Age Well is a national programme which is led by Addiction NI in Northern Ireland and delivering support, activities and training to individuals, families and front line staff. It is delivered throughout the Western Trust area in NI in partnership with Bogside & Bandywell Health Forum, Arc Healthy Living Centre and Business in the Community.
To register for the event click here
Find our more about Free Jive Lessons here
For information on how to become a Drink Wise & Jive Volunteer click here
For further information call 028 82839240
Notes to editor: Contact Joanne Smith, Locality Manager firstname.lastname@example.org for press related enquiries.