Abi steps out for sensory unit

by Gazette Reporter

By Rose Barrett

Sunday last was international Down Syndrome Day and young Abigail ‘Abi’ Homan from Lucan celebrated from early morning till late!

Abi got on her odd socks and posed for a photo, but had her order in for breakfast the day before!

“Abi requested breakfast in bed to celebrate,” said her mum Tracy. “She was leaving nothing to chance. She later did a dance class via zoom with Down Syndrome Dublin.

“She is also a mad rugby fan, and adores Johnny Sexton so there were great celebrations in this house with the win against England in the Six Nations.”

Abi retains a busy diary and loves dancing, bodhran and fitness so even in lockdown, there are daily zoom classes.

The Homan family lives at Laraghcon, Lucan, and includes parents Tracy and Alan, Abi and sisters Heather, 22, and Aoife, 19.

Right now, Abi who is an enthusiastic gymnast and loves all things sporty, has her sights on another goal – to fundraise for a sensory unit at St Augustine’s in Blackrock.

Her teacher asked her to do a project, on a topic other than her usual interests of music, dance or sport. Abi is so fit, she asked ‘Why don’t we do a walk and fundraise at the same time’, so hence the GoFundMe appeal was born.

“Despite being bubbly and very positive, Abi is shy outside the home but when she is interested in something, she comes out of herself, and gains confidence.”

On Sunday last, Abi and members of the family completed a 7km walk to Leixlip village from Lucan, through St Catherine’s Park.

“By Sunday, she had walked 33km out of her 100km target, from only five walks. We had anticipated doing 10km a week but she has surpassed herself.  

“On Monday, the GoFundMe page had reached almost €4,000 – we are blown away with the generosity so far!” said Tracy. The fundraising page will close when they reach the 100km target but Abi will walk another 50km to show her appreciation.

Abi’s sisters Heather and Aoife are amazing with their younger sibling, Tracy revealed. “They’re so good with her, like mammies but ‘best friend mammies’. They’re walking with us, and got their friends behind us, to support the fundraiser and spread the word.”

The family well know that anything Abi sets her mind to, she will achieve.

Abi trains with the Special Olympics South Dublin Sports Club; in 2019, she competed in Slovakia at the European special games – and won five medals.

“All donations will go straight towards a sensory unit at St Augustine’s, where the staff go above and beyond the call of duty in supporting their students,” concluded Tracy.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/abis-100km-walk-for-st-augustines-sensory-room

https://www.gofundme.com/f/abis-100km-walk-for-st-augustines-sensory-room

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