Concert to raise funds for autism

A special concert will be held in Cork this week to raise funds for autism supports and services.

Concert to raise funds for autism

‘Carols by Candlelight’ will be held at St Patrick’s Church tomorrow and will feature a special guest — a young autistic tenor.

Kevin Walsh was diagnosed with autism at the age of four and has struggled with social anxiety all his life.

He currently avails of the respite service and the Asperger syndrome support service provided by Cork Association for Autism (CAA).

His mother Catherine said without these supports, their family would be lost.

“I couldn’t imagine what life would be like without the Cork Association of Autism they’re our lifeline.”

Kevin developed an interest in singing from a young age and started piano at 13. He later went on to study at the CIT Cork School of Music. He says the upcoming concert is to give back to a service that has helped him “tremendously” over the last six years, and also a way of giving hope to other people in similar situations.

“It’s always been my belief that anyone can live a fulfilling life if they’re left to make the most of their talents,” he said. Catherine says she is “extremely proud” of her son for overcoming his hurdles.

“This is the first year Kevin has openly admitted autism. This is his year of coming into himself.”

Kevin will performing at the concert with Note Perfect, Cork Garda Male Voice Choir, Rainbow Lyrics, The Cork Prison Officers Male Voice Choir and The Choir of St Patrick’s.

‘Carols by Candlelight’ takes place at St Patrick’s Church in Cork tomorow at 8pm. Tickets, €15, can be purchased from the CAA Fundraising office on Cook St, Cork. or online via www.corkautism.ie.

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