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Autism Action Cheque Presented In Lusk

Autism chequePictured at the presentation of a cheque for almost €304,000 for Irish Autism Action, at The Cottage Kids Playschool in Lusk, are Minister for Children, Dr James Reilly, Kevin Whelan CEO Irish Autism Action and Amanda Corcoran, Manager, Cottage Kids Playschool, with the children dressed up as pirates

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly paid a visit to The Cottage Kids Playschool in Lusk, last Thursday, The occasion was the presentation of a cheque for a whopping €303,000 to Irish Autism Action on behalf of 100,000 children nationwide, who took part in the Early Childhood National Pyjama Day last March.
The children were all dressed as pirates, as they opened the treasure chest and proudly presented the loot, a whopping cheque to the Minister, in the company of Kevin Whelan, CEO of Irish Autism Action. The money raised will be used by Irish Autism Action to develop ‘Access Autism’, an awareness and training programme, specifically tailored for early childhood educators, which is open to parents.
The E303,000 was donated by parents across the country whose children put on their pyjamas for fun in an effort to help children who need their support.
Minister Reilly paid tribute to the generous efforts of all the children, staff and parents involved in the annual fundraiser, with the emphasis on children helping children and having fun doing so. He also congratulated Amanda Corcoran and the team from The Cottage Kids Playschool, who were recent winners of the Early Childhood Ireland National Innovation awards.
The cheque brings the total raised by Early Childhood Ireland National Pyjama Day to €2.3 million for Irish charities, including Irish Autism Action.