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A sensational night for children’s charity

Thursday, 22nd August, 2019 8:50am

John Barry

Sensational Kids Clonakilty are to hold a fundraising event on Friday 30 August from 8pm in The Courtyard Bar in Clonakilty.

The charity will be holding a raffle to raise money for their child development centre. Prizes include Aslan tickets, a smoked fish hamper, and a family break in The Park Hotel, Clonakilty. There will also be spot prizes from local businesses.

The venue will provide finger food and local DJ Eoin O’Neill will provide the music.

Tickets can be bought at the Sensational Kids centre in the West Cork Technology Park and participating establishments in the town, such as Scally’s Supervalu, the Model Railway Village, and Kevin O’Regan Shoes.

Sensational Kids, a not-for-profit organisation, opened in Clonakilty in September 2018. They deliver affordable and accessible subsidised therapies to children of all ages, abilities and means. In 2019 they delivered 966 appointments to children in the West Cork region, saving families over €42,000.

The organisation must fundraise €270,000 every year in order to sustain each centre. One in four children are currently being diagnosed with additional needs in Ireland. Sensational Kids rely on the efforts of community-based activities, such as fundraising events to ensure that vital funds are available to put back into the organisation.

Fundraising executive for Sensational Kids, Beth O’Regan said: “We are coming up to our first birthday in Clonakilty and we are so grateful for the continued support of the community in helping us fundraise to provide our services to children with additional needs.”

Last year Cork and Kerry were deemed the worst affected counties for children awaiting speech and language therapy and occupational therapy nationally.

If you are interested in fundraising or hosting an event on behalf of Sensational Kids, contact fundraising@sensationalkids.ie. Sensational Kids are a registered charity and social enterprise and services include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, play therapy, educational psychology. Sensational Kids receives no Government funding to help with delivering provision of services.

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