Wednesday 20 March 2019

Exciting times for 'Remember Us'

John Manning

Fingal's favourite special needs club has wrapped up another fantastic summer programme where its members had tons of fun at various venues around the country.

What a summer Remember Us members had, this year.

Members participated in a six-week Summer programme with a wide variety of activities that took them to venues all over the country.

The members enjoyed days at places like Kildare Open Farm and Clara Lara in Wicklow.

They went to the Crystal Maze in Nobber in County Meath and enjoyed the VISUAL Arts Centre and Delta Gardens in Carlow.

Remember Us members also enjoyed historical high jinks in Clonard House in Mullingar and that is just a small taster of the activities enjoyed during a packed summer programme, this year.

Remember Us founder, Nora Roban said there are a lot of people to thank for another successful summer programme.

She said: 'A million thanks to our amazing volunteers who supported our members throughout the summer.

'We are currently very busy organising the next block of activities which will commence on Wednesday, September 12. We are also organising a parents' respite break to hotel Kilkenny in September.

Meanwhile, these are historic days for the special needs club, based in Balbriggan.

Following a mammoth fundraising effort which continues, Remember Us have acquired and now begun to fit out their new headquarters in Balbriggan.

According to Nora Roban, the building is now 'really taking shape'.

She said: 'Hand back looks like being at the end of October.'

She said: 'All the tiles, paints, floor coverings, toilet cubicle colours, vanity units colours, blinds are ordered, as well as a reception desk.

'Kitchen units etc are being made too.'

The charity's founder said it was 'really exciting times' for Remember Us.

Nora added: 'We are EXTREMELY grateful to Leader for the Grant of €200k along with Department of Sport,dept Children and Youth Affairs, Fingal County Council, our Premier Patron Progressive Credit Union and all others who provided grants, sponsorship, donations and everyone who supported our fundraisers to date towards the project.'

It really has been an extraordinary effort on behalf of Nora and everyone at Remember Us in raising the enormous sum of money required to find the charity a permanent home and what will result is a purpose-built space that answers the very particular needs of the club's members and creates the ideal environment for Remember Us to continue its vital work for children and adults with special needs in Fingal.

Fingal Independent