‘Walk 4 Autism’ Event To Raise Funds For School Equipment

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Launching the 'Walk For Autism' in aid of St Ita's and St Joseph's School, were from left: Anne O'Keeffe, Joan O'Keefe and Ellen O'Rahilly. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

Launching the ‘Walk For Autism’ in aid of St Ita’s and St Joseph’s School, were from left: Anne O’Keeffe, Joan O’Keeffe and Ellen O’Rahilly. Photo by Gavin O’Connor.

FOLLOWING the success of the recent ‘Walk 4 Life Kerry’ (see here for story), people will be dusting off their running/walking shoes again  as a new fundraiser walk is organised for next month.

The ‘Walk 4 Autism’ will be a 5km walk/run to take place on July 12 from the John Mitchels GAA grounds in Ballyseedy with all proceeds from the event going towards helping children with autism in the St Ita’s and St Joseph’s school to get the equipment that they need.

It will cost €10 to enter the walk with children going free.

The idea behind the walk came from Joan O’Keeffe, a Tralee woman from the Mitchels area, who is who working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure the event gets up and running.

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“My little girl was accepted into St Ita’s just before Christmas,” Joan told TraleeToday.ie.  “She had been in a few different places that didn’t work out and we kind of had a long battle of getting her somewhere,” she said.

“I said that I would do a bit of fundraising because they didn’t have equipment yet for the new classroom,” she continued.

“I said to them that as soon she was set up in school, that I would try and do some fundraising. What they’re looking for is to put a bit of money together to put equipment into the new classroom because they don’t have any yet,” she said.

So, what can we expect from the day itself?

“The day of the event is a 5km walk/run. They can bring their kids and buggies if they want. It leaves from the Mitchels club in Ballyseedy at 1pm. There’ll be a fun day afterwards with face painting, sweets for the kids and we’re hoping that there will be a bouncy castle and spot prizes too, with teas and coffees too when they get back to the clubhouse,” she continued.

For those who cannot make the walk, there is an additional fundraiser planned for that night with all proceeds again going towards the school’s equipment.

“That night, we’re having a table quiz in Gally’s with finger food and spot prizes, so there’s going to be two events in the one day. It’s €10 per person to take part,” she finished.

To find out more details about the event, please check the Facebook page here.

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