18 year old Kim Murphy from Edenderry Co. Offaly raised €400 for Irish Autism Action following her parachute tandem skydive in Clonbullogue on Saturday April 27th.
Kim is pictured handing the funds over to Niall Murphy from the national charity. Kim, who has had a busy schedule recently, works in Supermacs in Edenderry and is very well known for her charity and Community work.
Kim also recently took part in The Rhode Parish Gathering Rose competition representing Posh Wash Laundrette over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
Councillor Declan Leddin very kindly sponsored Kim Murphy’s parachute jump to enable all funds collected go directly to supporting autism. Mr Leddin is currently keeping tabs on the new autism bill from the childrens policy committee that he chairs. The bill will provide for a national Autism strategy to ensure a unified standard of Autism care nationally while other measures such as an Autism awareness campaign are also included in the proposed leglislation. Mr Leddin was delighted to support Kim’s challenge as autism is close to his heart.
Irish Autism Action were delighted with Kim’s efforts and CEO Kevin Whelan commented that, “In the recent prevalence study 1 in 88 people are affected by autism. This staggering statistic provides some idea of the scale of the issue in Ireland today. Irish Autism Action is addressing this – through the opening of the Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) located on the grounds of the Franciscan Friary in Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath. This centre was opened in January and reflects the national flagship nature of the facility through an environment of learning, research and developmental opportunities for children and adults on the spectrum. The objective in setting up this unique Centre in Ireland is to offer vital resources to families through a variety of services including a diagnostic and assessment Centre, a Helpline and Information Centre, supported employment opportunities on site in addition to Outreach Programmes” Kevin Whelan also expressed his thanks to Kim and also to everyone who supported her.
For more information of Irish Autism Action visit www.autismireland.ie or follow on twitter @irishautism or contact 044-9371680