Artist Elena Sawczenko and Shannen Baker with Shannen’s fellow Scoil Chormaic students Peter Hislop, Michael Boyle, Alice Hislop and Josh Crehan at the coffee morning held at the Cashel Health Complex
Students from schools in the Cashel area were recently guests of the HSE/South East Community Healthcare’s 'Tipperary Gold Star' project at the local health complex, where their artworks – in addition to that of artist Elena Sawczenko – feature in the Children’s Services section located in the top floor of former Our Lady’s Hospital building.
Teachers, students and their families from Cashel Community School and Scoil Chormaic and Scoil Aonghusa special schools were guests for a Coffee Morning, following which the talented artists concerned were invited to sign their various paint works on the corridor walls.
The occasion also marked the contribution of artist Elena Sawczenko, whose elaborate murals on the corridor include local scenes such as the Rock of Cashel.
Welcoming the visitors to the Cashel Health Complex, Ms. Margaret Foley (Asst. Director of Nursing, HSE South Tipperary Community Services) said: “There are a range of health services staff working in and out of the Our Lady’s Hospital complex in Cashel and a feature among their clients and patients are children. A few years ago, when the South Tipperary Therapy Services Centre opened in Clonmel, the HSE were delighted that Elena Sawczenko was on hand to do a colourful, bright mural in the main reception area where children and their families gather. In the development of such children’s services here in Cashel, it was also great to have the involvement of Elena in basically making a healthcare environment as attractive and stimulating a place to visit as possible under the circumstances.”
“Staff here in Cashel were delighted when this initiative broadened out to involve children themselves in Cashel schools – several of whom are regular visitors to our building here with their parents. I am delighted that we had the opportunity to formally mark that contribution. We in the health services very much value such an input from individuals and the community to our working environment.”
Also speaking at the occasion, the Co-ordinator of the Tipperary Gold Star project Ms. Anne Bradshaw said: “Originally from Poland, Elena Sawczenko is profoundly deaf and uses sign language to communicate but this has not stopped this talented artist from leaving her mark and sharing creativity which we can all enjoy. Elena, as a volunteer, has been involved with us in the Tipperary Town Gold Star project and hopes to empower other deaf people to find ways to express their own emotions throughout the purity of colour and shape.”
“We have had marvellous support from local schools in Cashel, as regards the HSE project’s efforts to achieve Gold Star status for the community in Cashel as one accessible for anyone with mobility challenges. The colour and imagination of such students adds to the visitor experience here in the former Our Lady’s Hospital building and we are very pleased that such creativity is on show.”