The Robbie Steele Memorial Run/Walk took place on Thursday 5 July, last and the proceeds were donated to Scoil Íosagáin, Aghada N.S., Bláth na hÓige Development Fund. The evening displayed all that is good about the Aghada Parish Community. The good will form all was very evident on the night. The spirit of cooperation across all the various clubs, schools, business and committees coupled with all volunteers embodied the spirit of Robbie himself who had a hand in so many different organisations.
Recently a cheque for €4,068.24 was presented in Scoil Íosagáin, Aghada N.S.’ newly opened Early Intervention class for children with autism. This was a tremendous boost to the ongoing fundraising campaign. Lawrence Collins, principal, Scoil Íosagáin, Aghada N.S. thanked the Steele family Aileen, Ollie, Clara and Alana Rose for gifting the school the donations received on the night.
East Cork AC, the Whitegate Residents Association, Guileen Coast Guard, Irving Oil, Whitegate N.S., local Gardaí, Scoil Íosagáin Fundraising Committee and all runners, walkers, supporters, neighbours and friends on the night were also mentioned and thanked.
Bláth na hÓige is a school based centre for children with autism aged between 3 & 5 (Early Intervention) based in Scoil Íosagáin. It includes a multi-sensory room, an indoor and outdoor play area and associated rooms. There is a maximum of 6 children in class with staffing of one teacher and two special needs assistants. The centre is a further addition to facilities already established in Scartleigh N.S. to serve families of the local area now and into the future.