CastleCourt’s Christmas choirs to spread cheer and goodwill for Autism NI
Celebrating the season of giving, school choirs from across Northern Ireland will take to CastleCourt’s front foyer this December to sing Christmas carols and festive songs in aid of Autism NI.
From the 5th to the 19th of December, 15 schools will perform their very best and merriest Christmas carols and songs to entertain shoppers and raise much needed funds for CastleCourt’s 2017-2018 charity partner, Autism NI.
Last year’s primary school singers raised over £5,000 for the charity, and with schools returning to sing again this year, CastleCourt and Autism NI hope to beat last year’s incredible efforts.
Launching the Christmas charity initiative, St John the Baptist primary school choir were the first choir to sing at the shopping centre and kickstarted the appeal for funds to support Autism NI.
Paul McMahon, CastleCourt’s Centre Director, said:
“Christmas is the season of giving and we are delighted to see so many fantastic choirs from across Northern Ireland come together to help us give back to Autism NI.
The children truly bring the spirit of Christmas to CastleCourt with their singing and we look forward to welcoming them back this December.
“Our partnership with Autism NI began in 2016, with the aim to raise both awareness and funds for the charity; it’s great to have them on board for a second-year and see what we can achieve together over the year.”
Sarah-Jayne Cassells, Autism NI Corporate Fundraising Manager, said:
“We have been blown away by the generosity of the CastleCourt shoppers since we became the Charity of the Year for the centre. It’s the perfect platform for the charity to highlight what we do to the local community.
The partnership has already made an enormous difference to the autism community and we are so grateful to those who have donated their time and money to provide the life-changing services for the 30,000-people affected by autism in Northern Ireland.”
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.
In Northern Ireland Autism is on the increase and there are currently 30,000 individuals and their families living with the daily challenges of Autism. There are at present over 7,135 children diagnosed with Autism in NI every year. Formed in 1990, Autism NI exists to support individuals with Autism and their families and campaigns to raise awareness of Autism in the wider society. 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 individuals and families living with Autism throughout NI.
The full list of schools set to sing in CastleCourt:
DATE TIME SCHOOL
05/12/2017 11-12 noon St Malachys Primary School Kilclief
06/12/2017 11.30-12 noon Black Mountain Primary School
07/12/2017 11-12 noon Currie Primary School
08/12/2017 11-12 noon Knockbreda Primary School
12/12/2017 10.15am - 11am Belvoir Primary School
12/12/2017 11-12 noon Glastry College, Strangford Integrated College & St Columba's College
12/12/2017 2-2.45pm Holywood Primary School
13/12/2017 11-12 noon St Patrick's High School, Keady
13/12/2017 12.30-1.30pm St Pauls High School, Bessbrook
14/12/2017 10.30-11.30am Rosetta Primary School
15/12/2017 10.30-11.30am St Ita's Primary School
15/12/2017 11.30-12.30pm Donegall Road Primary School
15/12/2017 1-2pm Dundonald High School
18/12/2017 10-11am St John The Baptist Primary School
19/12/2017 11-12noon Sacred Heart Boys' Primary School
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