Local couple promote greater IT use among seniors

Special guest, Cllr. Frank O'Flynn, with Liz Downes and her family at last Saturday's 'Vodafone Hi Digital' screening in Forrest Hall, Mitchelstown, l-r: Pa Lynch, Patrick Downes, Patrick Downes, Patrick Downes, Tommy Downes, Triona Downes and Helen White. (Pic: John Ahern)

Mitchelstown native Liz Downes, has spent 45 of her 74 years with the Irish Girl Guides. “I was asked to go to a meeting one night and decided to go along. That was 45 years ago, the girl guides are a huge part of my life.”

Liz was speaking at an event held in Forrest Hall, Mitchelstown last Saturday, aimed at encouraging more computer use among older people.

“I was the same as most people, who weren’t brought up with computers, I was afraid of them to be honest. However, with the necessary training and instruction, it can become a great aid to learning,” Liz told the large crowd of family, neighbours, work colleagues and fellow girl guides, who turned out to view a short promotional film – ‘Hi Digital’ – by The Vodafone Foundation in association with BBC Storyworks, that encourages the older generation to embrace technology.

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