Limerick people urged to kick-a-habit for 24-hours


screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-18-35-44CONCERN Worldwide is urging the people of Limerick to give up a habit or activity they normally do for 24-hours for the annual Fast campaign to raise vital funds for children dying from hunger.

Social media, television and video games are among the many things that people can forgo for a day as part of what is now one of Ireland’s longest running fundraising campaigns.

Traditionally, Concern Fast focused on giving up food, but it can now include any activity or habit, such as drinking coffee, smoking, driving, using smart phones or vocalised pauses, which are the fillers people use in sentences when they talk, such as “um”, “ah” and “like”.

Concern, which is a member of Charities Institute Ireland, said a donation of euro24 will provide enough to feed one child for a month.

The aid agency helped 22.6 million people in 28 countries in 2015 and responded to 42 emergencies thanks to funds received, including donations from Fast.

People can sign up for Concern Fast at or by calling 1850 50 50 55 – and participants can also engage with Concern on Twitter @Concern , Facebook, Snapchat and on Instagram.

EN Concern Fast ideas for what to give up for 24-hours on November 24

Coffee Blackout – Have a no-coffee day

No-Butts! – Try giving up smoking for a day

Bus It! – Leave the car at home and try get around on public transport

Landline Only – Try going back in time and not using your smart phone

No TV! – A day without watching any television

Face-Off! – No Facebook use for 24 hours

Like, Eh! – Give up vocalised pauses, which are the fillers used in sentences, such as “um”, “ah” and “like”

Sweet-Free Day – Give up chocolate and other sweet treats for the day

Game Over! – If you are a “gamer”, try not playing any video games anywhere for 24-hours

Silence Please! – Try one day without talking