'Breaking down barriers' fundraising ball for Jigsaw and Cope Foundation

'Breaking down barriers' fundraising ball for Jigsaw and Cope Foundation
Niamh Cafferkey and Jamie Twomey, Jigsaw at the launch of Lidl's Breaking Down Barriers Ball in aid of Cope Foundation and Jigsaw which takes place on September 20 at the Clayton Hotel, Silversprings. Picture Darragh Kane

A fundraising ball for charities Jigsaw and Cope Foundation is being held on Friday, September 20 in the Clayton Hotel, Silversprings.

The theme of the Ball, which is being hosted by Lidl, is ‘Breaking Down Barriers’ as people supported by Cope Foundation and young people supported by Jigsaw overcome barriers every day in their lives.

Funds raised from the ‘Breaking Down Barriers’ ball will go towards Cope Foundation’s Ability@Work programme.

Ability@Work is a dedicated supported employment service which aims to bring young people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism closer to the labour market.

This programme assists job seekers at key transition points between education, training and employment.

As well as this, money raised through the Ball will fund One Good School, which is Jigsaw’s new schools initiative aimed at supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people by developing a shared responsibility for mental health across the whole school community.

Ciara McNamara, Jigsaw and Con Creedon at the launch of Lidl's Breaking Down Barriers Ball in aid of Cope Foundation and Jigsaw which takes place on 20th September 2019 at the Clayton Hotel, Silversprings. Picture Darragh Kane
Ciara McNamara, Jigsaw and Con Creedon at the launch of Lidl's Breaking Down Barriers Ball in aid of Cope Foundation and Jigsaw which takes place on 20th September 2019 at the Clayton Hotel, Silversprings. Picture Darragh Kane

A number of schools in Cork will participate in this programme from September 2019 with thanks to support from Lidl.

Speaking at the launch of the charity ball Conor O’Donovan from Lidl said: “We have seen first-hand the great work of both charities and decided that we would love to collaborate with them both on a project to raise funds to support their services in the communities that we serve.

“We look forward to a fantastic event filled with the support of the wonderful people and companies of Cork.” The Ball will take place on September 20 2019 at the Clayton Hotel, SilverSprings, Cork. The Ball will start with a drinks reception from 7pm followed by a three-course meal.

Music will be by Cork’s own Love Bugs followed by DJ. There will be a Monster Raffle and plenty of surprises on the night. Tickets can be bought online at https://ti.to/breaking-down-barriers/charity-ball, €100 per ticket and tables of 10 for €1,000.

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