THIRTY staff, parents and friends of RehabCare’s autism respite service Charleville Cottage, Tullamore, ran and walked 10km, alongside Niall Murphy on Sunday, April 1 to raise money for their service in Charleville.
Niall, whose son Ryan uses the RehabCare outreach respite service, took the ultimate challenge to raise €100k for Irish Autism Action (IAA) by running 100km.
IAA have kindly included RehabCare Charleville Cottage, as a benefitting service for their dedication in supporting those with autism in county.
The run took place to mark World Autism Awareness Day and saw over 1000 people joining the challenge in Rhode to support the event.
In partnership with the HSE, RehabCare provides high-quality centre-based and outreach respite services for over 90 children and adults with autism in county Offaly every month. Activities in the centre are based on the persons’ age, level of ability and personal interests.
Outreach activities include speech and language development, shopping, sports, social outings and accompanying service users to medical appointments or family occasions. Money raised by the staff and families of those who use the service will go towards providing these activities.
For more information on how to sponsor RehabCare race participants call Charleville Cottage on 057 932 9991. For information on Niall Murphy’s 100k for €100K log onto www.autismireland.ie
If you would like to try another sporting challenge to support people with disabilities in your county why not take part in the Rehab 1K Swimathon which will take place on Thursday, April 19 at the Aura Leisure Centre in Tullamore.
Further details are available from the Aura reception or contact Niall Cole, Rehab Organiser on 086 043 2267.