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Monday 25 March 2019

Fitzgerald to give keynote speech at CAN charity ball

Eileen Dunne
Eileen Dunne
Matthew O'Hanlon
Davy Fitzgerald

Maria Pepper

The RTE newsreader Eileen Dunne and Wexford Hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald will attend the second annual charity ball organised by Cottage Autism Network which will be held in the Talbot Hotel on Saturday, March 30.

Ms. Dunne who is a supporter of CAN, will be MC for the evening while the hurling manager will be a keynote speaker at the event which aims to raise funds as well as public awareness about autism and how the CAN organisation helps families affected by autism.

Wexford hurling captain Matthew O'Hanlon who is the Patron of Cottage Autism Network will also attend the fundraiser.

The theme of the night is communication, a subject of great relevance to people affected by autism, according to Servaas Dodebier, a founder of CAN Wexford.

The ball is almost sold out with 300 tickets having already been purchased but there may be further availility as a result of late cancellations.

The evening will start with a prosecco drinks reception at 6 p.m., followed by a four course dinner and dancing to the Bottle Brothers with a bar extension to 2 a.m. on Sunday morning.

There are three main sponsors for the event - the Curracloe agricultural contractor Michael Cloney; Simon Donohoe who runs a large vegetable operation in Screen and Ger Doran of Top Tyres in Ardcavan.

'CAN has been supported by all three in the past and we are greatly indebted to them for their continued generosity', said Servaas.

A raffle will be held for a large number of prizes donated by businesses all over the county with a number of companies having provided financial donations.

CAN is a voluntary organisation established in 2005 and run mostly by parents or relatives of people affected by autism. It represents approximately 110 families throughout the county, providing parent support, parent training, kids activities and liaison with health professionals for the benefit of members.

All facilitators and volunteers are Garda vetted and must comply with health and safety regulations and have appropriate insurance in place.

CAN hosts regular coffee mornings where parents can exchange information and talk about problems and also organises parent training on the topics such as behavioural problems, toilet training and teenagers and autism.

For smaller children, there is a special playgroup, coding sessions, soccer camps, bicycle training, horse riding and surfing among other activities.

Information is available on the website cottageautismnetwork.com.

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