A huge ‘thank you’ from St Catherine’s
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.