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‘Bake for Brains’ event is coming during Brain Awareness Week 2018

Brain Awareness Week hosted by Neurological Alliance of Ireland. Picture courtesy of Neurological Alliance of Ireland.

‘Bake for Brains’ event is coming during Brain Awareness Week 2018

The Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI) is the national umbrella body representing over thirty non-profit organisations working with people with neurological conditions and their families.

Neurological conditions can affect the brain and spinal cord and often include many common conditions such as stroke, migraine, epilepsy and acquired brain injury as well as rare and genetically transmitted conditions.

Since they began, the organisation has significantly increased its membership and is recognised as a key partner in informing and shaping the response to the needs of people with neurological conditions and their families in Ireland. 

One of the ways they help spread awareness throughout Ireland is by hosting the National Brain Awareness Week, which occurs annually. This year, brain awareness week is coming to Limerick from March 5th to 11th.

The week is filled with interesting events, from a nationwide ‘Bake for Brain Injury’ event on Monday the 5th, to a fundraiser cycle in aid of Headway on Sunday the 11th. All events taking place are to raise awareness of an injury that could happen any of us at any time as well as helping raise money for better community rehabilitation services, including dedicated neuro-rehabilitation beds and specialist community supports that are needed.

The ‘Bake for Brains’ event is simple to get involved with, as all you need to do is simply bake for your friends, or work colleagues, or school friends, and ask them to donate for their cake. People can visit, or donate €2 by texting BUN to 50300.

All of this is essential, as over 13,000 people acquire a brain injury every year and only a very small minority of people with a brain injury receive rehabilitation. Most either enter a nursing home which is not equipped to meet their needs or are cared for at home by families who have no expertise, information or support.


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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.