Thanks to the generosity of our fundraising team and our donors, we were able to carry out some major upgrades this summer! Most notably, we leveled the sides of the playground, put in plastic grass, picnic benches and a playhouse, and we installed a 14′ in-ground trampoline!! Thank you to all the people that supported us last year – you are making it possible to improve our resources and make ABACAS even better!!
The students, staff, Parent’s Association and Board of Management all came together to celebrate an amazing achievement by our students, and raise some much needed funds for our new school! A group of our students have been running this year and took on the challenge to complete a 5km Park Run at Father Collins’ Park on Saturday, 11th June. It was a huge success and it was great fun as well. Thank you to everyone who helped out on the day – the list is long!
We are working on fundraising a considerable amount of money, to help resource a new school. Our present accommodation is largely comprised of portables that are falling apart and are not meeting the needs of our students in so many ways. If you would like to help support us, please find our charity page – ABACAS Kilbarrack on mycharity.ie / or you can click on this link – https://nfp.everydayhero.com/ie/abacaskilbarrack/give
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!