Rehabilitation Nation – Desmond College
Team Name

Rehabilitation Nation – Desmond College

Our Chosen Challenge

Challenge 3 – Hidden Poverty


Tech Solution

School Name

Desmond College, Station Road, Gortboy, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick


Donal Enright

Team Members
Madison Saracoglu Emma Greaney

Why as a team did you choose to focus on this challenge?

We chose this challenge as we both understand how financially difficult the pandemic lockdown for people and also how expensive physiotherapy is.So we decided as a team that we wanted to help people affordably and efficiently rehabilitate themselves from home.

What do you know now about the challenge that you didn't know before?

Before researching the challenge we didn’t realize just how many people across Ireland are living in actual poverty due to the cost of living, which is like 20% of the population.That figure absolutely astounded us as we had no idea how many people were actually living in poverty.

What have you learnt about your Hero?

Our hero is Maura Rothery, a special needs assistance in our school.We learnt that she suffered with shoulder complications in the past and had to rehabilitate herself from home as at the time she couldn’t afford the cost of a physiotherapist.

If you could improve one thing for your Hero what would that be?

If we could improve one thing for her we would love to help make her home rehabilitation journey easier and affordable.

Do you have any ideas for a potential solution? No matter how raw, share them with your Mentors for feedback.

We think that we are going to create a shoulder pulley device, that includes a microbit to help the user to keep track of their exercise routines.The device will hang from any sized door.We have created a digital image of what we hope our device will look like.

Ask your Mentor anything …. This is a chance to ask your Mentors a direct question relating to your Big Idea.

If you have any feedback or tips to further this project please do reach out to us.Also do you think this a viable product?