Colaiste Choilm fundraising funds equipment for ASD unit
A huge fundraising effort at Colaiste Choilm CBS has managed to raise €5,000 over the last year and is a third of the way towards its target to buy €15,000 worth of equipment for the Colaiste Choilm CBS Crannog ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Centre.
A fundraising committee was established for the task in January of 2018 and has been working hard ever since.
Under the holistic vision of the five elements of the ERST (Edmund Rice Schools Trust) Charter Colaiste Choilm CBS strives to provide effective learning opportunities for all students with special educational needs (SENS). The ASD students take classes such as: living in the community; preparing for work; personal care: literacy and, numeracy, to prepare them for life after school finishes.
To date the committee has raised over €5,000 through no-uniform days, tea mornings, and the Dublin Airport Community fund.
For a six week period in August and September the Crannog ASD Centre was part of the Tesco Community Fund program in Airside, Swords. This was organised by the store manager Ms. Ellen Nulty, and the coordinator of the Crannog ASD Centre in the school Mr. Fergal Cohen. Every time shoppers paid for their groceries they received a blue goodwill token which they then dropped into one of three fundraising charities as they left the store. Mr. Cohen expressed his gratitude and thanked Tesco, Ms. Nulty, and the locals who shopped there, and thought of the school as they left the store for their generosity.
The money raised so far has been used to buy five touch screen laptops for the students which now means that all ASD students have access to a computer. This is hugely important in developing their typing and fine motor skills, as well as skills in word, and digital literacy.
The Autism Centre is now in its fourth year. In May 2018 the new Autism Centre which is called the Crannog was officially opened by the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. Diarmaid Martin.
Cheque presentation to Colaiste Choilm at Tesco Airside.