CYCLETHON FOR ST SENAN’S RAISES AUTISM AWARENESS
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.