CHEEKY and colourful chicks enhanced a wonderful school year for 12 students attending Naíscoil Kantara, the early intervention autism preschool in Timahoe.
Just before the summer holidays, Abbeyleix woman Janice Carthy called to the school attached to Timahoe NS to see the fabulous soft play equipment, which was purchased with the proceeds of her annual fundraising drive.
Janice and her mother Mary Carthy raised €1,500 through the sale of Easter chicks – crème eggs covered with gorgeous handknitted chick covers. Janice also secured a generous donation from First Ireland Spirits.
The crème eggs were kindly donated by local businesses and were on sale at Hughes Pharmacy in Portlaoise, SuperValu Parkside and at the school.
Janice’s youngest son Paul has been a student at the school for the past two years and her oldest boy PJ was there three years ago.
This is the fourth year for Janice and Mary to fundraise in this way. Janice explains: “I do the organising and mam does the knitting. The school does a fabulous job and we are delighted to help in any way we can.”
Also helping out generously with fundraising during the year for the purchase of sensory equipment were marathon runners Jean Bergin, Aisling Headen and Emma George, Timahoe GAA and cllr Paschal McEvoy, together with ongoing support from the parents’ association.
Naíscoil Kantara has just completed its fifth year and relocated last autumn from temporary accommodation in the village to a state-of-the-art facility in Timahoe NS grounds.