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ST PATRICK’S PRIMARY SCHOOL ORAM, CO MONAGHAN, RAISE THEIR HANDS IN SUPPORT OF ANNUAL RUN/WALK FOR AUTISM TAKING PLACE ON SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER
Sean Quinn from the Autism charity H.A.N.D. recently visited St Patrick’s Primary School in Oram, Co Monaghan and was presented with a cheque for €100, which had been raised by the pupils for this very worthwhile cause. While Sean was there the staff and pupils joined him in raising their HANDS in support of the Charity’s annual Fundraising event which takes place on Saturday 5th October 2013.

RATHORE SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL, NEWRY RECEIVE TALKING DIARIES, ONE FOR EVERY CLASS, PURCHASED BY THE AUTISM CHARITY H.A.N.D. RUN FOR AUTISM H.A.N.D. PROVIDES FUNDING TO NEWRY & MOURNE AUTISM NI
Ruth Watt, Tracey Frazer and Marianna Quinn from H.A.N.D. visited Rathore to present the Talking Diaries to some of the pupils and staff who represented the whole school. The Diaries are a great aid for communication between school and home for pupils on the Autistic Spectrum.
Sean Quinn from HAND presents a cheque to members of Newry & Mourne Support Group. The funds were used to provide a Respite Trip for the members of the group for which they were very grateful. H.A.N.D. were delighted to be able to provide some useful support to their organisation.

MAC SUMMER CAMP 2013
Summer Camp 2013 Run by MAC NI MAC "Making a Change" Warrenpoint, and supported by The Autism Team from SH&SCT Ran a Summer Camp for a number of young People on the Autism Spectrum, 2013 and as you can see they had a ball!!!!! In this photo they are just finished bouldering near the Bloody Bridge near Newcastle.
The MAC Summer Camp 2013 gang and a number of the support workers from both East Coast Adventure and the SH&SCT Trust were lucky enough to get their photo taken along with the Contestants in the Maiden of Mourne Beauty Contest. They happened to be in Kilbroney Park at the same time. How fortunate!!!!

MEMBERS OF AUTISM CHARITY H.A.N.D. PRESENT A CHEQUE TO THE LEARNING SUPPORT UNIT IN ST PAUL’S HIGH SCHOOL BESSBROOK RIDING FOR DISABLED ARMAGH RECEIVE FUNDING FROM AUTISM CHARITY H.A.N.D.
The Run for Autism Charity H.A.N.D. recently provided funding to the Learning Support Unit in St Paul’s, which was used to purchase equipment to aid teaching and learning of Autistic pupils. H.A.N.D. was delighted to be able to assist the school in this way and Mr Mooney, Principal and Mr McAvoy, Head Teacher of the LSD, along with some of the pupils, were very grateful for this support.
Run for Autism HAND presents a cheque to Riding for Disabled Armagh, which work with children and adults living with Autism, as well as other disabilities. They are one of our chosen projects this year .This group receives no funding and depends on the support of the community to enable them to continue this great work. We again extend our thanks to all who support us as we could not do it without such terrific support!

'TURNING THE CURVE' FORMAL IN BELLINI'S

All the Young Ladies and Gentlemen who attended the recent ‘Turning the Curve’ Formal in Bellini’s Hotel Newry, on Thursday 28th March 2013. It was a wonderful occasion and hopefully everyone had a great time. Don’t you all look well!!!!!!!!
Thanks to all those who were involved in organising the evening, it was a great success.

All the Staff members of Southern Health Trust who attended the’ Turning the Curve’ Formal, which took place on Thursday 28th March 2013 in Bellini’s Hotel, Newry. You all scrub up well!!!
Run for Autism HAND helped to fund this amazing evening and were so delighted to be part of such a wonderful occasion.

BBC RADIO ULSTER RECORDS AT IN TOUCH EQUESTRIAN CENTRE, RICHHILL
BBC Radio Ulster hosted a series on pets called 'The Pet Set' and as part of that they visited In Touch Equestrian Centre in Richhill, Co Armagh recently. Lesley Harvey is the proprietor of In Touch and Niamh Quinn and her mother Marianna, who is a Committee member of HAND, were invited to take part in the recording. Niamh is a regular attender at In Touch where she enjoys interacting with the horses and ponies through what is known as Equine Therapy. This type of therapy has proved very beneficial to Niamh, who has Autism. It has helped her to become a confident, happy and very capable young women. Lesley is very gentle and patient and her animals are very good humoured and Niamh just adores spending time there. Niamh’s mother is a founder member of the Charity Run for Autism and the Charity is very keen to promote this type of therapy for Autistic people as they can see, at first hand, the great benefits it possesses. In Touch is available online at www.intouch4.wix.com/talktothehorse and on facebook and twitter.
The Pet Set was a 6 Part Series and The ‘In Touch’ recording was aired on Sunday 7th April at 1.30pm and repeated on Thursday 11th April at 7.30pm, but, if interested, you can catch up on the Podcast at www.bbc.co.uk/radioulster

VERY SUCCESSFUL COFFEE MORNING HELD IN CROSSMAGLEN IN SUPPORT OF AUTISM

£500 RAISED BY MEIGH BOWLING CLUB

Fiona McCabe, Rita Hearty and a number of ladies from the Crossmaglen area organised a coffee Morning in Crossmaglen Community Centre on Friday 5th April 2013. They received great support and a large amount of money was collected - £535 and €120 all in aid of Run for Autism HAND. Many thanks to all involved and to all those who supported this great event, from the Committee of HAND
Meigh Bowling Club presents a cheque for £500 to Sean Quinn of Run for Autism HAND. The money was raised at Cavan Crystal Annual Bowling weekend in February 2013. Also in the photo are Betty McEvoy, Gerard Loughran and Martin Grant representing the Bowling Club. HAND are very grateful for this substantial donation and wish to thank everyone who supported this event.

IN TOUCH EQUESTRIAN CENTRE RICHHILL TEAMS UP WITH RUN FOR AUTISM HAND TO PROVIDE EQUINE THERAPY - VERY BENEFICIAL TO AUTISM

Recently a pilot scheme was undertaken to assess the benefits of Equine therapy for people living with Autism. Two young autistic boys, identical twins, from outside Mayobridge, were given the opportunity to take part in a three session Equine Therapy Programme over three weeks. In Touch Equestrian Centre in Richhill, provided the sessions as they are experts in this particular field and the Charity Run for Autism HAND helped to fund it.

The twins, Jack and Harry, enjoyed the programme immensely and it proved very beneficial to their condition. While observing them interacting with the horses, it was so uplifting to see the positive effects it had on their behaviour etc; they became much calmer and were able to focus well on the various tasks they engaged in. Also, it is not only about what takes place on site, but also what they take away with them; their mother was able to say that when they are at home they would talk a lot about their experiences and describe the different tasks and activities, what they liked and disliked etc.

This is also very important as it helps to expand their thoughts and feelings, improve motivation and gives them something else in their lives, which is very positive. They each had a favourite pony and were able to develop their relationships with them. This is very important in Autism as developing relationships is very difficult for Autism.
Sean and Marianna Quinn from Run for Autism HAND wish to see this programme extended to benefit many more Autistic people. In Touch and HAND hope this can be the beginning of a very positive and beneficial partnership that will enable many people with Autism in the Trust area to have access to this alternative type of therapy, which can bring so much enjoyment and happiness into their lives.
The Annual Run for Autism Fundraiser will be held on Sat 6th October October and everyone is welcome to come along and either take part, help or just support the participants. Check out on www.runforautismhand.com and facebook. Also you can follow In Touch Equestrian on www.intouchequestrian.com and facebook.



CROSSMAGLEN COFFEE MORNING RAISES A LARGE SUM OF MONEY FOR RUN FOR AUTISM HAND
Fiona McCabe recently held a Coffee Morning in Crossmaglen in aid of Run for Autism HAND. In the photo Patrick McCabe Junior presents the sum of £545 and €200, to Sean Quinn from HAND. Also in the picture is Patrick McCabe Senior and Conor Quinn. We are very grateful to Fiona and her family for generously giving up her time to raise such a substantial amount of money. Thank you to everyone who supported this event.

KINGSMILL PRIMARY SCHOOL RAISES £134 FOR RUN FOR AUTISM HAND
Kingsmills Primary School recently held fundraising event on behalf of Run for Autism HAND. Two pupils from the school presented the amount of £134 to Marianna Quinn from HAND. Also in the photo is the Principal Mr Jim Brown, who is leaving the school to take up a new position as Principal of Dromore Primary school. We wish him all the best and thank him for all his help and support over the past number of years. We also extend our gratitude to all the pupils, staff and parents who supported this event.

RUN FORAUTISM HAND SUPPORTS RATHORE SPECIAL SCHOOL’S MUSIC THERAPY
Run for Autism HAND were able to support Rathore Special Needs School Newry in keeping their Music Therapy going for the 2011/12 year and Deirdre Quinn from HAND presents the sum of £2,800 to the Music therapist. Also in the photo are Mr Raymond Cassidy Principal, Breige Hoey Teacher, pupils April and Aaron and Marianna Quinn from HAND. Hand have been delighted to assist in keeping this vital therapy going after their original source of funding was withdrawn last year. Music therapy plays a vital role in the lives of people living with disabilities and it is great to be able to support its provision for these special kids.
ST PATRICK’S CULLYHANNA HOLDS A NON-UNIFORM DAY
St Patrick’s Primary School held a non-uniform day earlier in the year and raised a terrific sum of £200. Mrs Rita Hearty from Dorsey, whose daughter is at the school, was influential in in the school holding this fundraiser on our behalf. We are very grateful to Mr O’Hanlon, Mrs Hearty, staff, pupils and parents who supported in any way.

 

RUN FOR AUTISM H.A.N.D. AND THE NEWRY BRANCH OF RIDING FOR THE DISABLED WORKING TOGETHER
Run for Autism H.A.N.D. in partnership with Newry Branch of Riding for the Disabled and Free Spirit Equestrian Centre in Bessbrook have recently joined forces to run a very successful horse therapy programme, for a group of young people with Autism. The feedback that has been received from parents and all those involved is that the programme is very worthwhile in many ways, i.e. first and foremost, these young people are enjoying themselves and also the many benefits of helping aspects of balance, strengthening muscles and bones, addressing sensory issues and also interaction with the animals, volunteers and listening to the instructor. As one parent stated,
“ It is so wonderful and heart warming to see these young people getting so much enjoyment and excitement out of their interaction with the ponies/horses, not to mention all the benefits both physical and emotional that they themselves would not even be aware of, it’s just so worthwhile.”
Much time and effort has gone into bringing this together and getting it up and running and it is hoped that it can continue for the foreseeable future as there is a waiting list being compiled for Autistic people who wish to take part. A number of people have signed as volunteers to help run the programme and the organisers are very grateful to them giving up their time to come along and assist. It could not be done without them!
Riding for the Disabled have been doing great work for the disabled in the Newry Area, with the support of Lorraine Hutchinson at Free Spirit Equestrian Centre and Run for Autism H.A.N.D. are delighted to have been able to develop this close relationship with them in order to provide such a valuable opportunity to people living with Autism in the area.

 


RUN FOR AUTISM H.A.N.D. PROVIDES FUNDING FOR LOCAL GROUPS
The local Charity Run for Autism H.A.N.D (Helping Autism in Newry and District), held an afternoon in Newtownhamilton Community Centre, on Saturday 11th December 2010, at which they presented cheques to a number of groups in the area who provide support to people living with Autism.

Each of these groups has committed to using this money to fund a specific project for Autistic people in their respective groups. These projects will also benefit other group members who have different special needs, for example two groups are developing sensory rooms and another is purchasing teaching technology to improve visual aids for their group.

Margaret Evans and Alison Warnock accept a cheque, on behalf of Lisnally Special Needs School, from H.A.N.D. Committee Members Keith and Carol Riddleand their son Stefan Also in the picture are Cheryl Linden and Don Travers winners of Run for Autism 2010 Half Marathon.

Special guests, representing the participants of the charity’s Annual fundraising event, were Cheryl Linden and Don Travers, who were winners of the Ladies’ and Gents’ Half Marathon 2010 respectively.

Once again thanks to everyone who took part one way or another in helping us raise over £15,000 in this year's annual fundraising event. In our continued efforts to inject this money into directly assisting people living with Autism we have decided to assist five groups within the area at this time, as follows:

Rainbow Club Crossmaglen
Lisnally Special School Armagh
Happy Faces Kilkeel
St Joseph's Learning Support Unit Bessbrook
Newry Special Olympics Team


The McCann Family and Mr Colm Murphy (Teacher), accept a cheque on behalf of St Joseph’s Learning Support Unit, Bessbrook, from H.A.N.D. Committee Members Elaine and Jennifer Hughes. Also pictured Cheryl Linden and Don Travers and his daughter.


Edna Hand and Eileen Treanor accept a cheque on behalf of The Rainbow Club in Crossmaglen from H.A.N.D. Committee Members Siobhan and Orla Quinn. Also present Cherl Linden and Don Travers, this year’s Run for Autism Half Marathon Winners

Darlene Parr and Julie Smith accept a cheque on behalf of Happy Faces, Kilkeel from H.A.N.D. Committee Member Ruth Watt and her two sons. Also Pictured Don Travers and daughter and Cheryl Linden.

Gary Carroll and Shauna Murphy accept a cheque on behalf of The Special Olympics Team from H.A.N.D. Committee members Noelle McGarvey and Sean Quinn. Also present are Gary’s parents Tina and Johnny , Cheryl Linden and Don Travers and his daughter.

 

 


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