Last Chance to Buy!
Time is running out to enter an exciting raffle in support of our local Enable Ireland children's centre in Galway.
To be in with a chance of winning 1st Prize, a 2023 Toyota RAV4 Sol Hybrid, or 2nd Prize, a Verve+ 3 Electric Hybrid Bike sponsored by Kearney Cycles or 3rd Prize €2,500 cash sponsored by Tony Burke Motors, secure your ticket now by logging on to www.winarav4.ie Enable Ireland is currently fundraising for the much-needed renovation of its children’s services centre in Galway so that it can provide the best possible services to children and young people in the years ahead.
The Enable Ireland children's services centre in county Galway has been an integral part of the Galway community for over 24 years. The recent refurbishments to the building have made it more accessible and family-friendly. However, more work is needed.
One family who have seen first-hand the impact that the service can have are Ruby, Gemma and James Daly. Three year old Ruby has attended Enable Ireland's services in Galway since she was six months old.
We spoke to her mum and dad, Gemma and James, about how important the services are to Ruby and how they are looking forward to the refurbishment of the Enable Ireland centre.
“Ruby was born in March 2020, right in the middle of the lockdown. It was a very difficult birth and Ruby spent her first month in NICU in Galway Hospital. After that we were transferred to the neurosurgery team in Temple Street and then when Ruby was diagnosed with a genetic condition in June 2020, we were referred onto Enable Ireland Springtime Early Intervention Team. It was a really difficult and anxious time for us. The Enable Ireland team became our support team.
Since September 2022, Ruby has been going to the Rainbow Preschool in the Enable Ireland centre. She had been getting hydrotherapy in the Enable Ireland centre and now she can continue this therapy while she is attending Rainbow. She’s like a mermaid in the water and absolutely loves it. Ruby is not that mobile but she has great physical strength and is motivated to move. Being in the water gives her the independence to do that.
One of the things Enable Ireland plans to add is a sensory room. This would be of huge benefit to Ruby and all the children attending the centre. Children going to Enable Ireland have to work really hard whether it’s at their communication skills or at a physio appointment, and it can be frustrating and tiring for them and sometimes a bit overwhelming. Having a place where they can have a bit of quiet time will be really important."
Raffle ticket prices are: 1 ticket =€20, 3 = €50 and 7 = €100.