All aboard for Ac­quired Brain In­jury Ire­land

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

AC­QUIRED Brain In­jury Ire­land cel­e­brated ten years of ser­vice in County Wex­ford re­cently with the launch of a very spe­cial project on the River Slaney. The or­gan­i­sa­tion, which pro­vides care and as­sis­tance to peo­ple who have ac­quired brain in­juries by a va­ri­ety of means, cur­rently pro­vides re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices for around 45 peo­ple across the county, sup­port­ing them and their fam­i­lies through train­ing, ad­vo­cacy and prac­ti­cal help with both res­i­den­tial care and a day ser­vice.

Mem­bers are en­cour­aged to de­velop new re­la­tion­ships and in­ter­ests and as part of this re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, mem­bers de­cided that they would love to build a boat. ABI at­tempts to break down all goals into achiev­able and man­age­able projects and tasks for mem­bers and with fund­ing from Wex­ford County Coun­cil through the ‘Artist in the Com­mu­nity’ grant and help from expert Andi McGarri, the mem­bers were able to make this a re­al­ity.

The boat con­sists of a tim­ber frame and seats, sur­rounded by over 200 pieces of wil­low bent into shpe and all cov­ered with a can­vas sheet. It is held to­gether with over 2,500 ca­ble ties. A crew of 10 pad­dled it from En­nis­cor­thy to Eder­mine un­der the watch­ful eye of Andi and at Eder­mine, the crew changed to row it back up the Slaney to En­nis­cor­thy.

Louise Power from ABI said: ‘All of the row­ers re­turned to the shore ex­hil­a­rated and rel­a­tively dry with a new found con­fi­dence. Our club­house ac­tiv­i­ties such as this are funded com­pletely through grants and fundraised money and are es­sen­tial to the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the peo­ple we serve. The club­house it­self is funded through cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship from our cor­po­rate part­ners BNY Mel­lon, who also pro­vide us with some of their staff through­out projects like this one to help out and get in­volved. Our Club­house sim­ply could not func­tion with­out the sup­port and gen­eros­ity of our cor­po­rate spon­sors, the grants that we re­ceive and all the peo­ple that fundraise on our be­half so we would like to ex­tend a huge thank you to all.’

The boat set­ting off for Eder­mine from the slip­way on the Prom in En­nis­cor­thy.

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