Casino night to raise money for Albalta school playground

Michelle McGuire Abalta school, Maria Kelly of The Ardilaun hotel and Leah Tiernan, Miss Galway launching the Abalta Casino Summer Party. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Michelle McGuire Abalta school, Maria Kelly of The Ardilaun hotel and Leah Tiernan, Miss Galway launching the Abalta Casino Summer Party. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

A charity casino party night will take place at The Ardilaun Hotel on June 28 to raise funds to provide a playground at a city school.

The event is in aid of Ábalta Special School which was established in 2001 to provide teaching and education for children living with autism.

In January the school relocated to a new premises in Parkmore, enabling students to be taught under one roof in a modern, comfortable environment.

“This is going to be a night of partying, glitz and glamour,” says Michelle McGuire of the event committee.

She says actor Keith Duffy hosted last year’s event and aims to turn up again this year.

“We have so much to be grateful for in what we have in Abalta school, its success over the last 12 years and all that the pupils have achieved. In these tough times it is even more important to acknowledge and celebrate the positives out there.

“This is what we intend to do on the night, and if we can raise some money for a play ground for our children to enjoy all the better. The dress code is cocktail, so dress smart and to impress, you will never know which celebrities just might turn up.”

Autism affects one in 100 children, including one in 80 boys. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined.

Tickets for the event cost €75 and are available from Ábalta Special School, Parkmore. Telephone (091 ) 701974. For more information check out the school’s Facebook page under “Abalta Charity Events”.

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