Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

THE man­age­ment and staff at BD En­nis­cor­thy [for­merly ClearStream Tech­nolo­gies] have taken part in a fundrais­ing and aware­ness cam­paign to sup­port those af­fected by autism.

The event took place last Thurs­day and was or­gan­ised by the com­pany’s Sports and So­cial team. A spokesper­son for the com­pany said the aim of the day was to raise aware­ness around autism among the staff and also the peo­ple who spon­sored the par­tic­i­pants.

There were two as­pects to the day; the main fundrais­ing event was a 21-hour cyclethon which took place in the foyer of the com­pany’s main premises in En­nis­cor­thy and the other as­pect of the day was a ‘wear blue for autism aware­ness’ pro­mo­tion which en­cour­aged ev­ery­one to wear some blue item on the day.

Speak­ing about the event Gráinne Nolan, from BD En­nis­cor­thy, said the char­ity part­ner for the busi­ness this year is St Se­nan’s Pri­mary School’s autis­tic unit.

‘ The ben­e­fi­ciary was cho­sen by em­ploy­ees at the start of the year,’ she said.

‘We pro­moted the wear blue as­pect to raise aware­ness and we also had do­na­tion boxes on the day,’ she added.

Over 100 em­ploy­ees took part di­rectly in the fundraiser and Ms Nolan said all 450 peo­ple work­ing in the com­pany were en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate ‘in some way’ on the day.

‘I sup­pose we wanted to highlight the com­mu­nity sup­port that is here for a very wor­thy lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion and for autism in gen­eral,’ she said.

Sig­nif­i­cantly, what­ever the fi­nal amount of money is from the event the com­pany said it will match it.

‘It’s our goal to have a sen­sory gar­den built at St Se­nan’s and we will have other fundrais­ers com­ing up over the next few months in­clud­ing a ta­ble quiz be­fore Christ­mas,’ said Ms Nolan.

She thanked ev­ery­one who par­tic­i­pated in Thurs­day’s event and said it show­cased the high level of good­will that ex­ists within the work­force in the com­pany.

PIC­TURED ABOVE: Kath­leen Nolan, Anne Marie Fitzgerald, Karen Byrne and Joanna Rubecka at the 21-hour Cyclethon at BD En­nis­cor­thy (Clearstream) fundraiser for St Se­nan’s Autis­tic Unit on Thurs­day.

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