Tuesday 25 September 2018

Jazz Ball raises €15k for Spinal Cord Injuries Ireland

The Cork Jazz Ball saw over 250 guests support the fundraiser for Spinal Cord Injury Ireland, which raised over €15,000.

Chairman of the Cork Jazz Ball, 11 time Paralympian John Twomey from Kinsale was supported in organising the ball by Philip Quinlan, James Whelan, Brendan Manning, Sean Cusack and Alice de la Cour.

There are almost 2,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in Ireland of which there are 214 in Cork and on average two people in the country suffer a spinal cord injury every week.

Three quarters of those with spinal cord injuries are unemployed and 40% live on or are below the poverty line.

Spinal Cord Injury Ireland does not receive any funding in the Munster region for any of their services and rely on the goodwill of the public to help them provide much needed services in the region.

"Our Community Connect Programme is a service whereby our outreach workers visit people living with a spinal cord injury in their own homes and provide assistance and ongoing support as they begin their difficult journey back towards an active life following their injury," said Aisling Kennedy of SII.