CastleCourt’s Christmas choirs to spread cheer and goodwill for Autism NI

  • 30-11-2017

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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