Mad Pride workshop to get the creative juices flowing

THE spirit of Christmas is coming to Cork tomorrow when children and families are invited to an event to make decorations, cards or gifts — and it’s all free of charge.

Organised by campaigning group Mad Pride Ireland, the open workshop will take place from 12 noon to 5pm in the ESB substation on Caroline Street in the city centre.

Open to all, it is the group’s first Christmas event following successful festival-type summer gatherings, which drew more than 40,000 people.

John McCarthy, founder of Mad Pride, said he hoped people would pop in and enjoy the day.

“We are really looking forward to our event as it is yet another opportunity for the community to come together in a free and creative environment,” he said.

“Mad Pride Ireland has been recognised for opening up not only the debate surrounding the normality of madness, but also in offering a real space for people through our events.

“We decided that Christmas was a perfect time to refocus people on the wonderful creativity and beauty that those living with the normality of madness bring to the world and our fully free event tomorrow will give kids of all ages the chance to use their creativity by making cards, gifts, decorations or whatever they feel like.”

Mr McCarthy, who has long campaigned for people’s rights, said 2012 is set to be a very important year in mental health.

“The review of the Mental Health Act 2001 is ongoing, as well as discussions on the proposed capacity legislation.

“Mad Pride Ireland is as always in the thick of these debates and we will continue to do so. If people want to keep in touch with our work or would like to help us by donating they can log on to”

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