The Coeliac Society of Ireland is to mark its 50th anniversary by attempting to set a record for having the 'world’s largest ever' gluten free internet tea party.
The society said that wants people with coeliac disease who are in lockdown or cocooning to logon to a Zoom tea party on 14 May to support each other and share their experiences of living with the condition.
“The tea party is part of a week of interactive online and social media activity we’re planning for Coeliac Awareness Week," said Gill Brennan, CEO, Coeliac Society.
"We also will have dozens of stories that have been shared by Coeliac Society members of all ages about living with the disease, and how being coeliac in Ireland has changed over the past 50 years.”
According to the Coeliac Society of Ireland an estimated 50,000 people in Ireland have coeliac disease.
Gluten Free Alternatives
The only treatment for coeliac disease is a strict gluten free diet, the society explained.
Fortunately, it has never been easier to access gluten free food products and ingredients, it added.
Mary Horkin, senior marketing manager of Promise Gluten Free bakery, the sponsor of Coeliac Awareness Week, said: “The choice of food available now for coeliacs and others who are gluten intolerant is remarkable – there are gluten free alternatives for almost everything.
"Bread, cakes, pasta, cereal, chocolate, beer, ice cream – it’s a far cry from the early days of the Coeliac Society, when members had to source their gluten free bread from a chemist,” she added.
Coeliac Awareness Week runs from 11 -17 May, 2020.
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