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Money raised from RehabCare 5k Run put to great use

02/07/2014

A total €6,500 was raised at the successful Fitzer's 5k run, which took place in February and was organised by Peter Fitzpatrick TD with support from RehabCare in Dundalk. The money raised from the run was used to buy 12 iPads for people who use the services at RehabCare’s resource centres in Carroll Village and in Quayside.  The new iPads will enable those with disabilities to enhance their literacy, numeracy and IT skills by giving them the opportunity to use a variety of educational apps. The iPads will also be used to document and communicate their daily activities by taking photos of them in work, learning, in community work etc. All of their work will then be linked in to RehabCare’s iPlanit IT programme which takes person-centred planning to a new level by enabling service users and their families to access their plans and goals easily from anywhere.

Mary Francis stated that, "I learned how to use the camera on the iPad and now I can take really lovely pictures, which makes me happy. I would like to continue to do this."

Anita Guest said, "I use the iPads to look up the internet, write stories and down load music.  When we first got them I did a course to learn how to use it. I just love the iPad."

Deirdre Quinn, Community Service Manager, RehabCare in Dundalk said, “The Fitzer’s 5k run was a fantastic event this year and the money raised has gone towards purchasing assistive technology and iPads to enhance the literacy, numeracy and IT skills of the people who use our service, all of whom have a disability. These technologies are a brilliant tool in supporting them to develop their skills. We at RehabCare in Dundalk would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who participated in this event and to everybody who donated so generously. It was a very memorable day and our service users are now benefitting hugely from the money raised from the event. I would also like to say a very big thank you to Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick for his ongoing support and also to the Marshes and ToolFix who covered the costs of the event which ensured that all revenue raised at the event went directly back to supporting people with a disability”

In partnership with the Health Service Executive, RehabCare provides a wide range of high-quality services in County Louth with almost 100 people accessing its two resource centres located in the Quayside and Carroll Village in Dundalk. Programmes are developed around the needs of the service users through their person-centred plan and can include supports in relation to independent living, personal development, community integration and employment in the community. As part of its resource centre activities, a drama company, Encore Productions, and a horticulture centre have also been established. In addition, RehabCare provides supported accommodation services in Dundalk for five adults and in Drogheda for four adults.

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