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Cork pledges support for Enable Ireland's new Children's Centre

The newly refurbished Páirc Uí Chaoimh was the venue for Enable Ireland’s inaugural Fire & Ice ball on Saturday night, where a number of Cork based organisations announced significant financial support for our new Children’s Centre at Curraheen. 

The Tomar Trust, founded by Mr Tom Cavanagh, a philanthropic trust which contributes to strengthening Irish society, has announced a €100,000 donation to the Children’s Centre.

In another significant development, KPMG Cork is one of the first Cork-based companies who has pledged substantial financial support to the building project. 

Head of Fundraising for Enable Ireland, Joanne O’Hagan said, “We are delighted that both the Tomar Trust and KPMG Cork have committed to the project and are supporting the development. Their pledges are the first step in reaching our goal of raising €2million over the next two years.  We really hope that other Cork businesses will take their lead, and help us with our efforts in building a new centre for children with disability in Cork.”

The Fire & Ice ball, which was sponsored by Keary’s BMW Cork, was attended by 250 guests including Tanaiste Simon Coveney and his wife Ruth, the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Tony Fitzgerald and his wife Lady Mayoress Georgina Fitzgerald, the Mayor of the County of Cork Declan Hurley and the leader of the Fianna Fail party Micheál Martin TD. Representing Enable Ireland were CEO Fionnuala O’Donovan and Chairman Donal Cashman, who announced the good news from the Tomar Trust and KPMG.

This announcement marks the latest stage in our ambitious fundraising campaign to raise €7.5million to build a state of the art Children’s Services Centre on a new site in Curraheen. The development will also accommodate a new respite house for children, so urgently needed in Cork. In October this year, it was confirmed that the HSE has provided a Capital Allocation of €2million for the new Children's Centre. Work has now commenced on the centre and will be completed in 2019. Once operational, the new centre will house a hydrotherapy pool, therapy rooms and sensory rooms to accommodate the needs of children with disabilities. 

We currently have five service locations in Cork – children’s service at the Lavanagh Centre, an adult service centre in Little Island, a hub for adults in Carrigaline, 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 our disability services.

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