A huge ‘thank you’ from St Cather­ine’s

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

CHIL­DREN at­tend­ing ser­vices pro­vided by St Cather­ine’s have sent out a huge ‘thank you’ to sup­port­ers of the re­cent Sport­ing Proud Triathlon which so far has raised over €58,000 for a new dis­abil­ity play­ground at their respite com­plex in New­cas­tle.

At the moment, the respite cen­tre has no play­ground equip­ment suit­able for chil­dren in wheel­chairs and has few play fa­cil­i­ties, even for more able bod­ied chil­dren.

Kalinda Healy, Head of Respite and Short Breaks, said: ‘th­ese funds will go to­wards a play fa­cil­ity that all of our chil­dren can en­joy. Play­ground equip­ment suit­able for wheel­chairs and chil­dren with spe­cial needs is very ex­pen­sive, with a sin­gle piece of equip­ment cost­ing be­tween €15,000 and €25,000.’

The event held in Brit­tas Bay smashed its fundrais­ing tar­get of €47,500. Wick­low busi­nesses of­fered their sup­port too. Some of the chil­dren at­tend­ing St Cather­ine’s also ran or were pushed in their wheel­chairs for the last mile of the Sport­ing Proud event, bring­ing tears to the eyes of some spec­ta­tors as they tri­umphantly crossed the fin­ish line.

‘The chil­dren are so ex­cited about the plans for the new play­ground and they are so proud of their own ef­forts in help­ing to raise funds to build it,’ said Ms Healy.

St Cather­ine’s As­so­ci­a­tion helps more than 200 chil­dren with mod­er­ate to pro­found phys­i­cal and learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties from through­out County Wick­low.

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