We were delighted to be announced as winners of the Cork Chamber Non-Profit of the Year Award on Friday night at the annual Chamber Dinner in City Hall.
This is the first year Cork Chamber has awarded the Cork Non-Profit of the Year Award in their Special Award Category. The award was introduced to recognise an organisation who has demonstrated, through outstanding programs, services, events or campaigns, the greatest impact on Cork community and its residents.
“It is a huge honour for our disability services in Cork city and county to be given this award. Our employees work tirelessly on behalf of the children, adults and their families that use our therapy and support services. We accept this award on their behalf and with heartfelt thanks to Cork Chamber for bringing attention to the vital contribution that non-profit organisations make every day for the people of Cork. All of the finalists nominated - The Cork Opera House, The Everyman and The Shine Centre For Autism – make a positive and lasting impact on our community here in Cork,” commented Fionnuala O’Donovan, Chief Executive Enable Ireland.
“We’re delighted to win this award. Not just for our employees in Cork but also for our thousands of supporters, hundreds of volunteers, and the people of Cork who have supported us since we were founded here in 1954,” she concluded.
In 2016, we launched an ambitious fundraising campaign to raise €7.5million to build a state of the art Children’s Services Centre on a new site in Curraheen. Once operational, the new centre will house a hydrotherapy pool, therapy rooms and sensory rooms to accommodate the needs of current and future children with disabilities in Cork city and county.
We have four service locations in Cork – children’s service at the Lavanagh Centre, an adult service centre in Little Island, a respite house in Ladysbridge and a residential house in Blackrock, to support independent living for adults with disabilities. There are also two Enable Ireland charity shops in Cork, on Oliver Plunkett Street and North Main Street. Profits from the shops support Enable Ireland disability services.