Competition in aid of Cork charity offers winner private use of an entire hotel for a weekend 

Competition in aid of Cork charity offers winner private use of an entire hotel for a weekend 
Carmel Lonergan, General Manager of the Cork International Hotel (right) with Karen O'Mahony, co-founder of The Rainbow Club. Picture: Brian Lougheed

THE Cork International Hotel is holding a unique competition in aid of The Rainbow Club Cork Centre for Autism.

The lucky winners will have the use of the hotel privately for one weekend on July 10 and 11, 2020.

For the first time ever people can buy tickets to enter a draw to stay in the hotel exclusively for themselves and up to 30 of their family. 

This has never been done before by the hotel and all money raised will go to their charity partner, The Rainbow Club, a charity that helps families living with autism.

"This is an exclusive, once in a lifetime only prize. 

"An extended family can enjoy exclusive rental of the hotel and experience private hospitality. 

"They will be the only residents in the hotel during that weekend," explained Carmel Lonergan, General Manager at the Cork International Hotel.

"This will be the last opportunity before we reopen our doors on Monday, July 13. 

"We were disappointed that we could not raise more money for our charity partner, The Rainbow Club, this year so all proceeds from this will go to them and the fantastic work they do," she continued. 

Carmel Lonergan, General Manager of the Cork International Hotel. Picture: Brian Lougheed
Carmel Lonergan, General Manager of the Cork International Hotel. Picture: Brian Lougheed

The package includes a two-night stay at the hotel, breakfast each morning in the Atlantic Restaurant, a family concierge, a private dinner for 30 guests on Saturday, July 11 complete with pianist entertainment and access to the hotel's cinema room and fitness suite. 

The Rainbow Club offers a range of supports such as occupational, speech and language, play and art therapies. 

It was founded by Karen and Jon O'Mahony, whose sons Sean and Stephen have autism.

"The Covid-19 crisis has had a big impact on our organisation. 

"We are very worried about funding but even more so we are worried about the social impacts the restrictions are having on those who use our service. 

"We are not Government funded and 85% of our income comes from fundraising, which is gone. 

"We support 458 children and have 300 families on our waiting list," Karen explained.

A slew of fundraising activities had to be cancelled as a result of Covid-19.

"This year was meant to be really busy for us. We had between two and four events lined up for each month which obviously couldn't go ahead.

"We are delighted that the Cork International Hotel is offering up this amazing prize as all money raised will be greatly appreciated by us," Karen said. 

The Rainbow Club has continued to support children, teens, young adults and their families living with autism during the pandemic. 

Although the centre based in Mahon has remained closed, art therapy along with other important sessions have been held online, along with fun activities such as quiz nights. 

There are 5,000 tickets available for the Cork International Hotel draw in aid of The Rainbow Club.

The hotel is aiming to raise €100,000 for the charity.

Search ‘Cork International Hotel’ on ifundraise.ie to enter. 

The hotel is asking people to donate €20 to The Rainbow Club.

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