Charity to raise funds for autistic children

Niamh Cadogan’s legacy has prompted the organisers of an annual charity event to follow her lead and fundraise for autistic children.

Proceeds from this year’s Sec’s in the City will go to providing iPods and iPads to autistic children attending Scoil Alainn, Boreenmanna Road, and Scoil Bernadette, Montenotte in Cork City.

It is hoped hundreds of secretaries will attend the event organised by Cork Lions Club which will be held in the Clarion Hotel on May 18.

Since its foundation 31 years ago, the event has raised more than €250,000 for local charities.

One of the organisers, Teresa Dineen, said they had picked the autistic children as this year’s recipients “in memory of the work Niamh had done”.

“We were very proud of her and her work was recognised with a National Lions Youth Award,” said Ms Dineen.

The event consists of drinks reception, four-course meal, entertainment, and a fashion show hosted by Ted Baker.

Tickets cost €59 and can be booked online at

The Cork Lions Club is also hosting a golf classic on May 4 at Monkstown Golf Club, a Trabolgan holiday for the elderly on June 9, and its annual Lee swim on July 14.

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