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WATCH: Cork developed animation Sylvie Bloom helps children understand Coronavirus

Rebecca Noonan
Rebecca Noonan

11:30 6 Apr 2020

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The current Coronavirus pandemic is a stressful and confusing time for everyone, but children are especially bewildered as to what the outbreak exactly means for them and why we have to stay inside.

Sylvie Bloom is here to help. Sylvie is a character written by children's writer, Cork's Gail Condon, aka "Writing for TiNY" and brought to life by Cork media production company Dog Day Media.

The pair had already been working together developing an idea for a children's animated series based around a young girl who is crazy about S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). She, along with her pet guinea pig Rua, go on amazing adventures armed with a science note book and their imagination.

However once the current Coronavirus outbreak began in Ireland, the project was taken in a different direction.

Speaking about the new video, Billy Cummings from Dog Day Media said, "The project had slowed down a bit and then this extremely difficult situation started. All us adults were desperately reading everything we could and watching the news to learn more about the virus. Parents couldn't help think how people will begin to explain this to their children. Then we realised Sylvie Bloom was the perfect girl to do it! So we worked on it straight away and spent a week making it from script to finished film. Since it's been posted last week, it's got huge reaction and we're being flooded with messages from parents saying how beneficial it was and quoting Sylvie; "I'm being a hero by staying at home!"

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