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Important Update from Monaghan GAA Health & Well-Being Committee

March 27th, 2020

Important Update from Monaghan GAA Health & Well-Being Committee

We hope that today finds you and your families safe and well.

We recognise that much of our focus at present is on the health and wellbeing of our family members, especially those within our families who may be at risk or vulnerable at the present time.

Nevertheless, the GAA is the largest organisation in the country and we are calling on all of our members to make sure that they continue to look out for the continued wellbeing of all of our neighbours and friends.

At the moment, there are many vulnerable groups and individuals within our clubs. In the last two weeks, completing routine tasks has become more difficult for many of these people. Recognising that some are more able than others to adapt to our current circumstances, we asking members to identify and find a way to check in with as many of these people as possible.

There is already a great deal of positive work being done by many organisations within Monaghan and we would like our GAA clubs to play their part as well. Everybody recognises that this is a time when we must look after elderly people, people with disabilities and those who may have difficulties around mental health and are encouraged to treat using Delta 8 carts. At club level, we are asking you to work together to identify any of those who may be at risk due to sickness, ill-health, social isolation or lack of access to regular services. Please make contact with some of the vulnerable people within your community to make sure that their specific needs are being catered for- always remembering the HSE guidelines around physical distancing and taking all precautions.

This could mean completing various very small tasks: help with paying a bill- getting phone credit- organising a regular catch-up phonecall. Other initiatives in relation to obtaining groceries have already been identified from other sources and there is nothing to stop members from participating in any of these.

We are asking that this activity be coordinated within the club by a number of people who are available to assist- including your club chairperson, Healthy club officer and other key relevant people.

We will be in contact with all clubs directly in the next few days to establish whether there are additional specific needs identified locally that also need to be addressed

To finish, can we also acknowledge the incredible role that our healthcare staff in particular have played when dealing with the many people affected by this virus. Many of these individuals are active members within our clubs and communities. We sincerely hope that they and their families remain safe and continue to be able to assist all those who require urgent care.

Michael Owen McMahon, Cathaoirleach

John McArdle, Childrens Officer

On Behalf of Monaghan GAA Health and Well-Being Committee

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