Dublin star’s latest goal is fundraiser event for Stewarts Care, Palmerstown

by Padraig Conlon

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]When he’s not kicking points and winning All-Irelands, you’ll find Dean Rock in Palmerstown pursuing his other passion.

The Dubs legend spends a large chunk of his time away from the football pitch working at Stewarts Care, the local organisation providing services and support for people with intellectual disabilities.

“I’ve been affiliated with Stewarts Care for the past three years and I absolutely love the time I’ve spent working here,” he says.

“Everyday is so enjoyable, the staff all enjoy being here which makes it a great place to come to work.”

Dean first became involved with Stewarts Care in 2016 when working with Special Olympics athletes on their individual training programmes.

“I started here as adapted physical activity coordinator which involves developing physical activity programmes for service users in order to increase their physical activity levels.

“The needs of each service user must be catered for and physical activity programmes are adapted to best suit them.”

Last year he took on the role of fundraising and marketing manager charged with securing funding to go towards offering the best possible set up for service users.

This month sees the biggest fundraising event of their year and Dean is as enthusiastic as if he was about to face Kerry in a championship game.

“On November 22 we have “Stewarts A Night at the OsKaRs’ in the Citywest Hotel and I’m hoping many of the local community will come along and support us.

“It’ll be a great night, participants will walk the red carpet and enjoy the experience of an Oscars event plus all proceeds will go towards Respite services.”

Dean says the support of the local Palmerstown community is something he appreciates and finds encouraging.

“Stewarts is a unique place and the people in the local community are so good because they understand we’re a centre for people with intellectual disabilities and they buy into that.

“They get involved in lots we do, along with the service users which makes it a very warm place to be involved in.”

Stewarts Care ‘A Night at the OsKaRs’, takes place at Citywest on November 22 and tickets are €25 per person.

They can be purchased from the main reception in Stewarts Care or by calling 0877018607.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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