Pre­sen­ta­tion to school shows com­mu­nity spirit in Aghada

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Pro­ceeds of a sum­mer­time run-and-walk event have been do­nated to an east Cork na­tional school.

The re­cip­i­ents of The Rob­bie Steele Memo­rial Run/ Walk were pre­sented to Scoil Íosagáin Aghada NS for its Bláth na hÓige De­vel­op­ment Fund.

The pre­sen­ta­tion event dis­played all that is good about the Aghada par­ish com­mu­nity, ac­cord­ing to school prin­ci­pal Lawrence Collins.

The good­will from very ev­i­dent, he said.

“The spirit of co­op­er­a­tion across all the var­i­ous clubs, schools, busi­ness and com­mit­tees cou­pled with all volun- all was teers em­bod­ied the spirit of Rob­bie him­self who had a hand in so many dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions.

A cheque for €4,068.24 was pre­sented in Scoil Íosagáin Aghada’s newly opened Early In­ter­ven­tion class for chil­dren with autism. The pro­ceeds were a tremen­dous boost to the con­tin­u­ing fundrais­ing cam­paign, Mr Collins said.

He thanked the Steele fam­ily Aileen, Ollie, Clara and Alana Rose, for gift­ing the school the do­na­tions re­ceived.

East Cork AC, the White­gate Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, Guileen Coast Guard, Irv­ing Oil, White­gate NS, lo­cal Gar­daí, Scoil Íosagáin Fundrais­ing Com­mit­tee and all run­ners, walk­ers, sup­port­ers, neigh­bours and friends on the night were also pub­licly thanked.

Bláth na hÓige is a school­based cen­tre for chil­dren with autism aged be­tween three and five years (early in­ter­ven­tion) based in Scoil Íosagáin. It in­cludes a multi-sen­sory room, an in­door and out­door play area and as­so­ci­ated rooms.

There is a max­i­mum of six chil­dren in class with staffing of one teacher and two spe­cial needs as­sis­tants.

The cen­tre is a fur­ther ad­di­tion to fa­cil­i­ties al­ready es­tab­lished in Scartleigh NS to serve fam­i­lies of the lo­cal area now and into the fu­ture.

Alana Rose Steele do­nates the pro­ceeds from The Rob­bie Steele Memo­rial Run/Walk to Lawrence Collins, school prin­ci­pal. She also presents a ‘petal’ rep­re­sent­ing an­other €5,000 to the Bláth na hÓige Mu­ral, with from left, Jerome Shea­han, Bill Steele, Alana Rose Steele, Lawrence Collins, Hugh Quil­li­nan, Ollie Steele.

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