A virtual fundraiser organised in aid of St. Michael’s House, one of Ireland’s largest providers of community-based services for individuals with intellectual disabilities, has raised over €12,000.
The virtual ‘My Mini Marathon’ fundraiser took place from June 1 to 30, with over 145 people signed up for the event. As part of the event, people signed up to run, walk or move 2km, 5km or 10km during one day in June.
Participants chose to raise money for a specific St. Michael’s House unit or the event project.
Funds from the event will benefit the development of a Communication Technology Resource Hub for children and adults with intellectual disabilities at St Michael’s House. The new technology hub will loan tablets to service users to enable them to develop their communications skill,s and will be managed by the Speech and Language Department.
Barbara Wiseman, Head of Communications and Fundraising at St. Michael’s House, said: “Like many other organisations, our fundraising has been impacted by the cancellation of events this year. We were delighted to see so many people get involved in our ‘My Mini Marathon’.
“The funds raised will benefit a new communications resource facility which aims to provide suitable communication supports to enable people to communicate independently in their own environments.
“The project is very relevant as we rely more on technology to communicate with friends and family, and we look forward to integrating this training as part of an individual’s Speech and Language Therapy.”