Children from the Laois Offaly Families For Autism are preparing themselves for stardom as they have just recorded a single which will be sold to raise funds for the organisation.
The children and their families spent last weekend in Golden Egg studios in Portlaoise, recording the chorus of a song about the 1916 Rising.
“Patrick 'Joe' Brown has written a song commemorating the Rising, and he wants to donate all the proceeds of the sales to LOFFA,” Sinead Walsh explained.
“The song is about a taxi driver who picks up a fare in Dublin and he wants to see the GPO and Kilmainham Gaol. It turns out that it's the ghost of Padraig Pearse in the back of the taxi.”
The children will join in on the chorus of the song.
“Joe is the godfather of the Chairperson's friend, so while he didn't have a direct link, he was aware of the organisation and seems to have an interest in disability services.”
“There was approximately 15 taking part in the recording and we were joined by 5 or 6 scouts too, who are working towards their community badge.
Sinead is not sure when the CD will be available to buy, but they hope to have it on sale by April.
“April is Autism Awareness month and we normally have an information stand in the shopping centre for a day, so we would hope to be able to sell it from the stand that day.”
LOFFA is a local support group by parents for parents and families of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
They have been in existence since 2001 and currently support over 250 families.
Sinead continued: “The children are so excited about going to the recording studios and seeing how it all happens - even their brothers and sisters are asking if they can be involved too. It will be a fantastic experience.”
“It's not a major fundraiser for us, but it's something new and different.”
LOFFA provide subsidised access to a private Speech & Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Art Therapist for those families who are forced, through lack of services from the HSE to obtain private therapies for their children.
They also run Junior Play dates, 10 Pin Bowling sessions and Art & Drama Groups for our children and their siblings to give them the opportunity to meet and socialise with other children like themselves.