Alex Bradley and Joey Owens (left) and Sonia and Tomais Callaghan enjoying themselves at a family fun day in ABACAS.
Drogheda ABACAS Special School for Children with Autism, have beaten off stiff competition to be named amongst the 36 community groups, sports clubs and organisations from all over Ireland which were today announced as regional winners and finalists in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019.
The Awards are aimed at honouring the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals from all over Ireland who with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding have had an extraordinary impact on their local communities. Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes all over the country.
Drogheda ABACAS was set up by a group of parents in 2003 to provide appropriate education for their children with autism through Applied Behaviour Analysis. ABACAS gained recognition as a Special School for Children with Autism from the Department of Education in 2010.
The 36 winning groups will now proceed to the grand final in six categories: Sport, Health & Wellbeing, Heritage, Arts & Culture, Community and Youth. A seventh category, Irish Language, will have a special award to be announced on the night at the Awards final, in recognition of outstanding work done in the promotion of the Irish Language.
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The only other organisation in Louth to win through to the finals is Omeath District Development Company which is a social economy enterprise with a remit for the provision of economic opportunity, personal development, social and recreational opportunities for the residents of Omeath and the wider Cooley Peninsula area.
National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, today congratulated the 36 finalists for reaching this final stage of the awards process.
He said: “We were overwhelmed at the level of entries we received for the National Lottery Good Causes Awards. Now in its second year, we had over 480 applications from every County in Ireland spanning all six categories.
“Through these Awards we want to show how people, organisations, projects and sports clubs are doing extraordinary things in their local communities. This is work that often goes unrecognized and through these Awards we aim to change that, and also help to highlight to the people of Ireland, the good that their participation and support of the National Lottery is having in local communities across Ireland”
Each national category winner will receive €10,000 while the overall Good Cause of the Year will get an additional €25,000 on top of this. The winners will be announced at a Gala Awards event in the Clayton Burlington Hotel in Dublin on Saturday 2nd November.