Green Ribbon Flash Freeze on the Northside

Kevin and Eric in their 'freeze' pose

Kevin and Eric in their ‘freeze’ pose

The gang from Saol gathered early at McDonalds on O Connell Street on Friday 29th May, the day of the second Flash Freeze.  We had coffees and teas to get the day started and then made the short journey to Henry Street where we met up with more event participants for a quick run through! We were delighted to see so many friends and supporters turn up and we were blessed with the weather. Even the sun came out for this special day. Everybody was in great form.

Noel

Richard and David

Mick

Mick

At 12 noon we froze for 3 minutes, while the High Hopes choir sang the Kodaline song “high hopes”. Afterwards we handed out green ribbons and informed passer-by’s about the green ribbon campaign. I suppose the overall aim of the flash freeze was to get people talking about mental health, realizing that having mental health difficulties is actually “normal” and knowing that there are people and supports available for you and for me! And not just for Green Ribbon month….at all times.

Our very own Freddie Griffith took some brilliant photographs and DIT digital media students and Nigel captured the atmosphere on moving cameras. There was plenty of media buzz on the day with the Herald, Liberty Newspaper, Northside people, Q102, Spin, Today FM and Niall Boylan from Classic Hits 4FM and all taking an interest and promoting the event.

After lunch, we all went on our merry way home feeling proud after such a successful event in Dublin’s fair city. Please check out the official video by Wayne Pentony and Ritchie Brennan, I expect you will like it.

 by Christy Treacy

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