Pres Girls To Raise Awareness Of Lyme Disease With Project

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In front; Niamh Rahilly, Natasha Tobin and Ruth O’Connell. At back; Doireann Thomas, Mary O’Connell, Laura Scanlon and Aisling O’Connell who are taking part in a project on Lyme Disease awareness. Photo by Dermot Crean

IT’S a disease which has been in the news quite a bit over the past few years and now girls from Presentation Tralee have decided to do a project on it.

A group of Transition Years at the school are currently working on a project to create more awareness around Lyme Disease and how it is contracted as part of the ECO UNESCO competition.

“Our goal is to increase awareness and we are holding a Tick Awareness Day on Friday, February 23 in town,” said one of the group, Niamh Rahilly.

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“What we will be doing is standing around the streets of Tralee from 10am to 4pm informing the public about ticks, which is how you contract the disease, and we will also be handing out stickers to try and promote more awareness and create a conversation about the disease.”

“We want to advise people about how to avoid getting bitten in the first place. So when people go into parks they should wrap up and make sure to spray on bug repellent, wear long pants and long sleeves etc.” said Niamh. The project is being overseen by their teacher Mrs Rita O’Donoghue.

The school has a good record in the ECO UNESCO competition. Back in May 2016 A group of secondary school students from Pres won the overall senior award at the Eco-Unesco awards in Dublin for their ‘If your Dog Poops – you Scoop’ campaign.

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