Sport­ing Proud Triathlon in Brit­tas Bay will raise funds for St Catherine’s

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THE Sport­ing Proud Triathlon taking place at Brit­tas Bay in Septem­ber will help raise funds for St Catherine’s Spe­cial School.

A cam­paign is un­der way to raise €60,000 to sound­proof and in­su­late the school PE Hall and for other much-needed projects.

St Catherine’s may have fin­ished up for the sum­mer, but, par­ents and staff will con­tinue to work over the com­ing months to­wards making the triathlon a suc­cess.

Claire McClean, Chair of the Par­ent’s As­so­ci­a­tion, said: ‘Our school in Kil­mullen Lane, Newcastle, was built 36 years ago of simple block con­struc­tion with no in­su­la­tion and cer­tainly no sound proof­ing. Many of our chil­dren are very sensitive to sound and noise just bounces off the walls and is deaf­en­ing. It’s to­tally un­suit­able for chil­dren with sen­sory is­sues. We need to en­sure the chil­dren are able to play games and do ther­apy in an en­vi­ron­ment that caters for their spe­cial re­quire­ments.’

The PE Hall has no in­su­la­tion at all and ends up swel­ter­ing in the sum­mer and freez­ing dur­ing the win­ter months, cost­ing the school a con­sid­er­able amount in heat­ing bills.

‘The chil­dren at St Catherine’s have mod­er­ate to pro­found in­tel­lec­tual and physical dis­abil­i­ties and may also have an Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der,’ said Ms McClean. ‘These chil­dren are very com­plex and the en­vi­ron­ment in which they are taught is ex­tremely im­por­tant to their abil­ity to learn and progress.’

The Sport­ing Proud Triathlon con­sists of two events: the Olympic length, which in­cludes a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle, 10km run and a sprint, and the fun event, which in­cludes a 75km swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. En­trants can com­pete as in­di­vid­u­als or in teams of two or three.

‘It’s a fun event whether you are a serious ath­lete or just want to do your bit to help spe­cial needs chil­dren in our com­mu­nity,’ added Claire. ‘Spe­cial needs chil­dren are amongst the most vul­ner­a­ble and can be for­got­ten, but taking part or making a do­na­tion to St Catherine’s Spe­cial School will have a huge pos­i­tive im­pact on the chil­dren.’

The event is due to take place on Satur­day, Septem­ber 7.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to sup­port St Catherine’s Spe­cial School Triathlon Cam­paign, call Claire on 086 087 6143.

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