Cork stars from many walk of life, from singing to athletics, will gather in City Hall next month to celebrate 60 years of the Cope Foundation.
Rob Heffernan and John Spillane are among the names who will appear at the special anniversary show on Tuesday November 14. The show ‘Cheers to 60 Years’ will tell the Cope Foundation story through music, drama, poetry, dance and conversation.
“Sixty years is a major milestone to reach and we are very proud of how Cope Foundation has evolved in that time,” Cope Chief Executive Sean Abbott said. “At the core of everything we do is the people we support and this show is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate these people, their talents and their outstanding achievements.”
Established in 1957 in response to the Cork Polio Epidemic, Cope Foundation has cared for and provided services to thousands of people with intellectual disability and/or autism.
Mr Abbott added: “Cope Foundation is part of the fabric of Cork and we’re delighted to be joined by some well-known Cork personalities who will help to tell our sixty-year story on the night.”
Actor Michael Sands will narrate the show and throughout the performance he will be joined on stage by well-known Cork personalities including singer Jack O’Rourke, race walker Rob Heffernan, actor Ciarán Birmingham, singers Marlene Enright and Ger Wolfe, and poet Theo Dorgan.
The Skibbereen West Cork Group will bring the Gamelan, drum-based ensemble music, to life on stage while John Spillane will join students from Scoil Bernadette for a special song. Social media sensations Cccahoots will entertain the audience with a new sketch created especially for the show. Artists from the Foundation, including Amy Begley, will also take part.
Today Cope Foundation offers an array of person-centred services and supports to 2,350 children and adults with intellectual disability and/or autism across its 69 locations in Cork City and county, by working in partnership with individuals, their families and local communities.
There are currently 1,547 people using the Foundation’s services, 433 using residential services and 370 benefitting from multi-disciplinary therapies including SLT, physiotherapy and ASD Services.
Tickets for the 60th Anniversary Show cost €12 and can be purchased online on www.copefoundation.eventbrite.ie or by phoning 021 4643326.