Tuesday 24 October 2017

Ballydesmond fundraiser in aid of Autism Awareness

A FUNDRAISER will be held in Ballydesmond in aid of Autism Awareness and it's being spearheaded by two women from nearby Gneeveguilla.

Brigitta Looney and Siobhan Daly are no stranger to fundraising as they raised a staggering €9,000 last year from holding a poker classic and afternoon tea, which was held at Bob's Bar in Ballydesmond.

Brigitta has a six year-old boy, Ryan, who is autistic and Siobhan also has a son, Tiernan, who is 11 and is also autistic.

This year, both women have got the full backing of Mike Leary, the owner of Bob's bar along with its manager, Mary Clifford.

The fundraiser will initially kick off at Beaufort Golf Club near Killarney on Friday, April 25.

This event is being organised by Brigitta and Siobhan as well as other parents of the Killorgin ASD parents support group. A team of four for the golf is €200 and this includes the cost of a meal. A person can also sponsor a tee box for €50. No doubt participants will be eager to bag the raffle prize of a weekend away at Parknasilla hotel and resort.

In Bob's bar later that night there will be the 'after golf party,' where the fundraising will continue. Music on the night will be by DJ James Healy and there will be a monster raffle on the night. The top prize will be a two night stay including one dinner at the Sneem Hotel.

Brigitta explained that all proceeds go to supporting autistic children in the mid Kerry region.

It will also help to bring private therapies into the schools, such as speech and language, occupational therapy as well as play and music therapy.

"We hope that as many people turn up at both events and support this fundraiser. We were absolutely delighted to raise €9,000 last year," she said.