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(Ireland) Cork: Autism provider wins $10,000 lottery prize

Oct 2, 2022, Cork Beo: Cork autism centre brings home the trophy at the National Lottery Good Causes Awards https://www.corkbeo.ie/news/cork-autism-centre-brings-home-25159405

A Cork autism service provider has won a prestigious National Lottery 'Good Causes' Award and are in for a major funding boost.

Rainbow Club helps hundreds of families each week in Cork and they took home the top spot in the 'Youth' category at the awards in Kildare on Saturday night. They also received €10,000 [$10,000] in prize money.

The valuable service provider was one of 35 finalists on the night and the only Cork entrant. Posting on Instagram before being announced as the winner, Rainbow Club wrote:

"We are privileged to be a finalist this year and honoured to be in the room with so many other wonderful organisations and groups all being recognised for their work everyday." After being announced as the winner they posted a photo with Minister Michael McGrath celebrating the win.

Based in Mahon, The Rainbow Club is the only Irish centre to provide combined services designed to support children and young people, their families, their carers and the professionals they interact with throughout their lives. From pre-school to early adulthood, the organisation has been changing the lives of young Cork people for nearly a decade….

Their aim is to help, support and teach people about Autism, the challenges it brings to the child and family and how to live every day with it. From social skills groups, siblings workshops, sports, music, programming, games, dedicated spaces for all age groups and more, the centre has improved the quality of life for over 600 children, teens and their families Using funding from the HSE National Lottery grant scheme they were able to set up a ‘Gamer Café’ for children & teens with ASD, where children could learn and practice programming. In 2021, the charity received a Community Spirit Award, a title given to honour volunteers who are making a significant contribution to the Cork community….


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