Twelve months of fundraising 'CAN' pay off at social event
AT LEAST forty party goers turned up to enjoy the CAN (Cottage Autism Network) thanksgiving event at the Bailey in Enniscorthy recently. The social event was run to show gratitude to the many people, groups and organisations who have raised funds over the past twelve months.
CAN chairperson Jo Flood was joined by committee members, parents and friends in hosting the gathering. Among the events staged to raise funds were the Gorey Credit Union youth day which pulled in more than €2,000; and a parachute jump by parents and friends led by CAN member Neil Foley which raised over €5,000.
Members Phyl and Ned Murphy generously asked for donations instead of gifts as they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, generating €1,400, while fellow member Theresa Balfe received €1,800 plus from the Clonegal/Kildavin drama group who donated the box office returns from a performance of 'Tom, Dick and Harry.'
CAN parent Paul Mordant, Jason Ryan and Robert Clegg and their 'No organisation mct' were also thanked for pedalling their way to €3,000 on their bike run from Wexford to Galway and back.
Members of staff of the Ulster Bank in Enniscorthy also chipped in with €350.
All funds raised are used to enable CAN to employ occupational therapists to work with local children who have autism.