Sean Abbott, Chief Executive Cope Foundation with Jimmy and Ailbhe who are supported by Cope Foundation at the launch of the annual Cope Foundation Golf Classic. Photo: Darragh Kane

It’s all fore a great cause!

Dust off those golf clubs as it’s once again time for Cope Foundation’s Golf Classic.

People supported by Cope Foundation will be joining teams of golfers and taking to the course this summer to raise funds to empower people with an intellectual disability and/or autism.

The event is one of Cope Foundation's biggest fundraising initiatives generating funds for the Cork-based charity.

Last year’s Golf Classic raised over €59,000. The organisation supports 2,800 people with an intellectual disability and/or autism to live ‘Your Life, Your Way’.

Cope Foundation Chief Executive, Sean Abbott said: “The annual Golf Classic is one of the highlights of our fundraising calendar, and we are proud to have people we support competing once again. Sport is a great equaliser and it is also a fantastic way to start conversations around rights and equality for people with an intellectual disability and/or autism.

“Our aim at Cope Foundation is to work with the people we support helping them to live the lives of their choosing whether that’s playing sport, living independently or reaching their own personal goals. The Golf Classic has raised more than €1.7m over the years funding projects and programmes that empower and support people across Cork city and county. That wouldn’t have been possible without our sponsors, corporate supporters and donors.”

Ailbhe, who is supported by Cope Foundation said: “I have been playing golf for a long time. I really enjoy it, I used to go to the driving range in Blarney quite a bit. I took a break from golf for a while, but I’m back playing now and I love it.”

Cope Foundation’s Golf Classic takes place at Lee Valley Golf and Country Club on 9 and 10 June. It’s the 26th year of the event which is supported by O’Flynn Exhams Solicitors.

Micheál Ó Mulláin, Partner at O’Flynn Exhams Solicitors said: “We are delighted to be part of Cope Foundation’s annual Golf Classic fundraiser. The Golf Classic is always a great day out and we would encourage the business community in Cork to register teams and support this incredible Cork charity.”