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CastleCourt Centre Manager raises £4066.38 from Venice to Rome Cycle Challenge
Giants Launch 2016 Venice-Rome Cycle Challenge for Autism NI
The Stena Line Belfast Giants showed their support for Autism NI as local cycling enthusiasts launched their charity cycle from Venice to Rome this September. The challenge was launched at CastleCourt with Giants Adam Keefe, who is a patron for Autism NI, and Jonathan Boxill who celebrated the launch and took their own turn on the bikes in the name of charity as the cycling team stepped up their preparations, spending three hours cycling on Tuesday at CastleCourt.
Robert Fitzpatrick, Odyssey Trust Chief Executive, Paul McMahon, CastleCourt Centre Director, accompanied by businessmen Douglas Adams and David Bowen will be traveling to Venice on 27th September to begin four grueling days of cycling through Italy in order to raise much needed funds for their chosen charity, Autism NI.
Their exciting challenge takes them south from the canals of Venice to the rolling hills of Tuscany and Umbria. The terrain is hilly, with some long climbs and steep gradients before coming down out of the hills into Rome.
Autism NI Corporate Fundraising Manager Sarah-Jayne Cassells said: “It was wonderful to have Giants Adam Keefe and Jonathan Boxill along to support Paul, Robert, Douglas and David in their warm-up static cycle in CastleCourt. The guys are fundraising ahead for their grueling Venice to Rome Cycle Challenge in just a few weeks’ time.”
“A lot of hard work and effort has already gone into their training and fundraising for the charity. We can’t thank them enough for choosing Autism NI and wish them the best of luck with the challenge.”
“All the money the cycling team raise will remain within Northern Ireland and go towards providing life-changing services for the 30,000 people affected by Autism here.
“Please show your support and visit their JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paulmcmahoncycle.”
With over 30,000 people in Northern Ireland affected by Autism and over 1,000 children being diagnosed every year, Autism has become the highest growing disability in Europe. Therefore fundraising support through partnerships such as this gives Autism NI the essential support to allow it to continue to provide vital services to those families and individuals living with Autism throughout NI.
We made it to Paris!
On Saturday 28th June 2016 we had our Belfast to Paris Static Cycle Challenge in CastleCourt, were 32 volunteers gave up their time to add their miles to our target to get to Paris. In doing so we made the journey and raised a wonderful £2221.52 for the services that we provide for the Autism families in Northern Ireland.
It was a 'Football Frenzy'
On Saturday 11th June, Autism NI held a ‘Football Frenzy’ penalty-kick event in CastleCourt Shopping Centre, to help raise funds for the life-changing services they provide for the 30,000 people affected by Autism throughout Northern Ireland.
On the day a number of the players from East Belfast FC, Linfield and Ballymena United volunteered a few hours of their time to help do some goal-keeping at the event. Belfast Giants Captain Adam Keefe popped by to keep a few goals out, as did Adam Peoples and Kevin Geddes. With their help and support the charity raised a wonderful £961.51 from the day.
CastleCourt Turns 'Blue' for World Autism Awareness Day 2015
CastleCourts lends its support to Autism NI with Charity Charter Partnership
Belfast shopping centre, CastleCourt has pledged its support for leading Autism charity, Autism NI as it announces the local organisation as the centre’s chosen partner for its Charity Charter 2016/17.
The year-long partnership will provide Autism NI the valuable opportunity to take advantage of CastleCourt’s high city centre footfall as well as support with fundraising initiatives throughout 2016/17 in addition to providing an important platform to raise awareness of the widespread disability.
Autism NI and CastleCourt have already planned a full calendar of exciting events, including a special focus throughout Autism Awareness Month and in particular World Autism Day (Saturday, 2nd April 2016), when CastleCourt will turn blue for the day, with plenty of promotions and in-store discounts and deals. Centre Director, Paul McMahon will also play his part and has committed to a gruelling cycle from Venice to Rome. Several other events will be held throughout the year which are sure to entertain shoppers.
Centre Director, Paul McMahon, said: “The Charity Charter is our long-term commitment to supporting the work of local organisations. We are proud to be able to support Autism NI as our charity of the year and are really looking forward to working with them over the next twelve months to help them raise funds and gain support and awareness through special events in the centre.
“CastleCourt has a long history of supporting local charities with millions of pounds raised over the last 25 years and scores of charities benefited. Our staff and shoppers have always been extremely generous and I have no doubt they will fully get behind Autism NI and provide much needed help to this worthwhile charity.”
Autism NI Corporate Fundraising Manager, Sarah-Jayne Cassells, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Autism NI has been chosen by CastleCourt as their Charity of the Year for 2016/17. CastleCourt is a wonderful platform for us to raise awareness to a wide and varied range of people from the local community. The partnership will make a real difference to the lives of children and adults in Northern Ireland who are affected by Autism. All money raised throughout this year-long partnership will remain within Northern Ireland and go towards providing life-changing services for the 30,000 people affected by Autism here.”
In recent years, CastleCourt has helped raise thousands of pounds and build awareness of other important organisations including Mencap, Special Olympics, British Heart Foundation, Clic Sargent, Aware NI and Michaela Foundation.
With over 30,000 people in Northern Ireland affected by Autism and over 1000 children being diagnosed every year, Autism has become the highest growing disability in Europe. Therefore fundraising support through partnerships such as this gives Autism NI the essential support to allow it to continue to provide vital services to those families and individuals living with Autism throughout NI.