Caitriona and Paddy Connor and family (from our Busy Bees class) raised €10000 in their rugby shirt raffle!! People bought tickets for the raffle from all over Ireland and abroad. We had planned on using the funds to upgrade the playground at the side of the school, however as the figure raised was significantly greater than we anticipated, we are presently expanding those plans to include more P.E. and Occupational Therapy equipment, Speech and Language resources and sensory equipment!! In an amazing twist, the person that won the rugby shirt is Orla Ranson from Clontarf – the shirt was originally raffled in support of her son who was injured in a swimming accident… Congratulations to Orla – this has to have made an Irish rugby jersey one of the most valuable shirts anywhere!
Another big THANK YOU to the amazing men and women of the FNI. Once again, this philanthropic group of local entrepreneurs has done a fantastic fundraiser, raising €4000 towards this year’s initiatives at ABACAS. To date they have supported: The resourcing our Early Intervention room, our new playground at the side of the school, purchasing O.T. and S.L.T. resources, updating our sensory room, supporting staff training in key areas around communication – Lamh and communication devices in particular and most recently, we used FNI monies to stock our new Life Skills Room (pictures in Gallery). Thank you FNI!!!
We have recently registered the school with www.mycharity.ie . This should help our fundraisers with advertising and collecting for their fundraising efforts and open the school up to new fundraising opportunities. If you are doing a fundraiser for the school, you simply register your page with our profile and friends, relatives,acquaintances or business associates can sponsor you on the website! This means no more chasing donors down and it should create a great opportunity to let your connections know what you are doing via social media, email, etc. You can view our profile at www.mycharity.ie and search for Abacas Kilbarrack. We have set up a page for the women’s mini marathon – www.mycharity.ie/event/abacas_mini_marathon . Anyone running the marathon for ABACAS this year can pass on this link to their connections!