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Yesterday, Dife was home to the sizzling TEX-MEX Charity Event organised by the Culinary Arts Department in support of Drogheda Homeless Aid & St Vincent de Paul. The event was a huge success and nobody was disappointed with the spicy lunch options available in the main canteen. Choices ranged from Burritos, Chilli Con Care, Marinated Pork and many vegetarian options to name but a few. All of this was especially prepared by our very own culinary arts students with guidance from their teachers.

After the event took place yesterday, two of the Culinary Arts students went straight to Drogheda Homeless Aid to present Uncle Ben's food products to Chef Brunno who has been working there for eight years. St Vincent de Paul also received a visit by the students. The sum of funds raised by the event will be distributed to both charities in the coming days. Both Drogheda Homeless Aid & St. Vincent de Paul were extremely surprised and honoured by the work done by the students and staff at Dife. A big congratulations to all who took part in the event.  

Year 2 Sports & Injury Treatment volunteered at the 66th Basketball Intervarsities in the University of Limerick during the Easter break. They provided cover for an invent that involved sixthy games, thirty teams, twenty men and sixtheen women over three days. They were kept busy assessing and treating injuries, taping and providing pre and post game soft tissue massage. There were a valuable part of a very successful weekend and were highly commended for their work by colleges all over the country. A huge thanks to them! 

 

Our Paramedic students have just commenced the first of a five day intensive EFR (Emergency First Responder) course with the ESTI (Emergency Services Training Institute). This 40 hour fully certified course teaches, emergency childbirth, oropharyngeal airways, O2 administration, vacuum splints, collars, spinal boards, helmet removal, medications and all the basic life support skills for victims of stroke; cardiac arrest; heart attack; choking; legal issues and the administration of Aspirin.

EFR is also a great stand-alone course for persons operating in a first responder role who require more than the more basic Occupational First Aid, EFR is the national standard of first aid training for Fire Brigades in Ireland. Our paramedic students are thoruoghly enjoying the training so far and look forward to a fufilling career in the Paramedic Services Sector. 

We've had a fantastic few days this week at Dife where we hosted our Health Week. Our main themes were centred around Mental Health, General Health as well as Social and Sexual Health. We had guest speakers from the Marie Keating Foundation, the Samaritans, former Irish Gaelic Footballer; Oisin McConville and many more. They each had an important message to share from cancer prevention to coping and dealing with depression and anxiety as well as addiction respectively.

We also had some of our very own staff and students who gave talks on topics such as goal setting, bullying and social media. In the main canteen, we had our student council who provided leaflets and brochures to students on safe sex, consent, in addition to general well being. Our canteen got involved in health week also promoting healthy eating and providing "fry free" meals as well as healthy snacks. On the sports side, we hosted four basketball finals in our gym where we had teams such as St. Olivers in Drogheda playing Cnoc Mhuire, from Granard in Co. Longford. Overall, it was a very successful week and the atmosphere was truly uplifting. A big thank you to all staff, guest speakers and students involved. 

Inspired by their bone-setting practice sessions in class, Drogheda Institute of Further Education’s Pre-Paramedic students have joined forces with the college’s Art and Design, Construction Studies and Engineering students in recent weeks to create a full-body plaster cast of the human form.

As part of this collaborative effort, the Pre-Paramedic group first set about making a plaster mould of a live model. Based on the model’s frame, the Construction Studies and Engineering students then produced a soldered metal structure around which an Art and Design student built a foam core that could be clad in the initial plaster mould. With the latter in place, a second layer of plaster was used to seal the first and special effects makeup techniques were finally applied in areas of the face and hands by another student from the Art and Design Department, realistically depicting muscle, tendons and skin.

Using the team-work, problem-solving and communication skills that lie at the heart of the paramedic profession, this innovative collective have thus created a unique model that will survive long after they graduate, serving multiple purposes across several courses in the college.

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