The students (Joe Kerrigan and Paul Harte) gathered for a photocall with the local media
Students from Athlone Institute of Technology have devised and developed a CD for sale with the proceeds generated dedicated to support St. James’s Hospital. Joe Kerrigan, Paul Harte and Johnny Callaghan are now third year business students and, as a part of their studies last year in music and technology – among such subjects as sound engineering, instrument technology and music production – they chose as their project to develop a CD for sale.
The CD named ‘CollaborAIT, walk a mile in my shoes’ is a compilation of songs and instrumental pieces some recorded specially for this project. CDs went on sale in the spring in Music World in Athlone and, by the end of the summer, the students were able to contribute more than €1,100 to the Walter Stevenson Ward at St. James’s.
The Walter Stevenson Ward is an oncology and haematology ward where Joe’s father has been a patient. Julie Benson, currently the nurse manager of the ward, said how grateful they were as always to have received the additional funds: “We use these donated funds for those extra things that we could never buy from the current hospital expenditure – those things that are nice to have for patients but not absolutely necessary.” She added how grateful they were to have received a box of CDs for patients and staff: “It is a little gift that we can give to other patients that I think will mean a lot.”
St. James’s is the largest single provider of cancer treatment in Ireland and selected as the largest national centre of radiotherapy service. A major new government funded Cancer Care Centre and Radiation Oncology Centre is now open on the site and a facility for PET imaging for advanced patient diagnosis has been installed – the first such facility within a public hospital in Ireland.
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