They have spent years developing facilities and services for their autistic children.
Now a group of devoted parents has embarked on a major fundraising drive to expand the facilities of the Cork Association for Autism (CAA) after a huge increase in demand for services.
The association was established by parents frustrated by the lack of state supports and facilities for their children.
They pooled their resources and bought Greenville House in Carrigtwohill in East Cork, where today 13 autistic adults are permanently living in a “home-from-home” environment.
The CAA provides residential, day and outreach supports to adults with autism and asperger syndrome across Cork and Kerry. It also provides respite services to 30 families at its Crowbally facility in Mogeely.
But Moyra Woodworth, a founding member, and a member of its board of management, said demand for its services had never been greater.
Plans have now been drawn up for an expansion of the Crowbally facility for the provision of new day services.
A fundraising committee has been set up to drive the project forward.
A black-tie Valentine’s Ball on Friday, Feb 17, has been organised.
“It is essential that we fundraise and the CAA will use the fundraising monies in direct frontline service provision,” Ms Woodworth said.
Supported by Ryan’s SuperValu in Togher, the ball will take place in the Maryborough House Hotel.
Tickets, priced €75, include a free drinks reception sponsored by Corona, a five-course meal, and wine sponsored by Ryan’s Supervalu.
The Laughing Shamrocks will perform later, free of charge.
Tickets can be bought from CAA’s office on tel: 021-4271808.
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