Buncrana gets interrupted by a ‘flash mob’

Students who took part in the flashmob.
Students who took part in the flashmob.
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Buncrana played host to a spontaneous eruption of dancing on Tuesday as a ‘Flash Mob’ broke out in the Supervalu supermarket.

Shoppers and other members of the public were caught unawares as the performance, opened by Scoil Mhuire student Keri Kelly, spread throughout Supervalu and the Coffee Cup.

The event was organised by a group of Young Social Innovators in Transition Year, Scoil Mhuire, who have taken on the task of raising awareness about disability.

The class, advised and helped by teacher Veronica Buchanan, first came up with the idea of raising awareness following a survey they carried out, which showed the need for a greater education and more information on disability.

The Flash Mob was organised in a very short space of time, and it involved the YSI class, pupils from Scoil Iosagain, teachers, members from the local dance schools, the Supervalu staff, and of course the odd member of the public.

It marked the launch of the new information leaflet they have produced, which shows the correct terms and etiquette to use when either referring to disability, or talking to someone who has a disability. The leaflet will be available in a number of public places in the local area, such as the clinic and medical centre.

The students are appealing for the public to pass on the leaflets after they have read them, and also to try and understand the obstacles somebody with a disability has to face every day, which isn’t helped by a negative public attitude.

The group are insisting that “the only true disability is a bad attitude”, and have made this their slogan. The Flash Mob one of the many tasks these students have undertaken, with a goal to raising awareness, changing attitudes, and promoting inclusion for all.

The students are also in the process of bringing in a new disabled parking sign, as the one currently used applies only to physical disabilities, not to those who have sensory or mental disabilities.

The Young Social Innovators believe that all disabilities should be understood and treated with equality.

Veronica Buchanan, heavily involved with the project, believes that “disability ends when understanding begins. I am delighted with the awareness created by the Flash Mob, and it is only one of the initiatives this class has taken on.”

The students also believe that the event went brilliantly. They would like to thank all those involved, including the Supervalu staff, especially the manager, Kieran Doherty, Studio 47, Elite Dance Crew, the Donna Elliot School of Dance, and all of the Scoil Iosagain pupils who took part in the event. The class would also like to thank Angela Tourish from iCARE, Liam Gill from Sonas Youth Club, Jennifer Doherty from the Donegal Centre for Independent Living, Impact Theatre, and Emile Rainey, all of whom contributed a lot of their time to the project. This is only the start of the YSI project, and there are hopefully great things to come for this small group with big ideas.