Jazz Ball raises €15k for Spinal Cord In­juries Ire­land

The Corkman - - NEWS -

THE Cork Jazz Ball saw over 250 guests sup­port the fundraiser for Spinal Cord In­jury Ire­land, which raised over €15,000.

Chair­man of the Cork Jazz Ball, 11 time Par­a­lympian John Twomey from Kin­sale was sup­ported in or­gan­is­ing the ball by Philip Quin­lan, James Whe­lan, Bren­dan Man­ning, Sean Cu­sack and Alice de la Cour.

There are al­most 2,000 peo­ple liv­ing with a spinal cord in­jury in Ire­land of which there are 214 in Cork and on av­er­age two peo­ple in the coun­try suf­fer a spinal cord in­jury ev­ery week.

Three quar­ters of those with spinal cord in­juries are un­em­ployed and 40% live on or are be­low the poverty line.

Spinal Cord In­jury Ire­land does not re­ceive any fund­ing in the Mun­ster re­gion for any of their ser­vices and rely on the good­will of the public to help them pro­vide much needed ser­vices in the re­gion.

“Our Com­mu­nity Con­nect Pro­gramme is a ser­vice whereby our out­reach work­ers visit peo­ple liv­ing with a spinal cord in­jury in their own homes and pro­vide as­sis­tance and on­go­ing sup­port as they be­gin their dif­fi­cult jour­ney back to­wards an ac­tive life fol­low­ing their in­jury,” said Ais­ling Kennedy of SII.

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