Mayo’s first autism summer camp gets underway this week

Posted in Connect on August 6, 2019.


MAYO’S first autism specific summer camp gets underway in Manulla this week. Today (Tuesday) is the first of six mornings for the camp, which will be staged at Manulla FC. It will also run tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday of this week along with taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week. It will run from 10am to 12.30pm each morning. Such is the demand for the camp that it is fully booked in advance. It has been organised by local women Elisha Sweeney and Colette Heaney, both of whom are mothers to autistic kids. “We saw the need for camps for our kids as there isn’t much being organised for them,” said Elisha Sweeney. “We have the backing of Mayo Sports Partnership and Western Care have given us great support and guidance. So many local businesses have got on board with donations and volunteering their time and services,” she added. Danceworld are coming to teach the kids some dance moves, Music Generation Mayo are attending to play musical instruments, Linda Garvin will do some wellness work, Noreen O’Grady will come to do some yoga while Gerry Butler is coming with Bikes and Trikes. That is just a sample of those attending. “We have been inundated with volunteers of which we are so grateful for. There are people taking time off work all around the country to come and volunteer at our camp. Again this shows the need for this in Mayo,” added Elisha Sweeney.

For more see the Mayo Autism Camp Facebook page.

Source :Edwin McGreal, Mayo News, 06/08/2019

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