Cope Foundation invites East Cork to join in Flower Power Walk in Midleton

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Cope Foundation, one of Cork’s longest established charities, has just launched its revamped Flowers of Hope fundraising campaign taking place from April 1st – 14th. The disabilities organisation wants to bring more colour to Cork by celebrating inclusive communities, work places and schools.

Join the Midleton Community Hub for their Flower Power Walk on Monday 1st of April, meeting at the Midleton Football Club, Knockgriffin.   Refreshments will be served from 10.30am and the 5km walk kicks off from 11am. This walk is suitable for all levels of fitness, buggies and dogs also welcome. Dig out your best floral clothes to really get in the Flower of Hope spirit! You can find out further information at both entrances to Market Green Shopping Centre where volunteers will be selling Flowers of Hope pins and seeds this Friday 29th of March from 9.30am-1.00pm.

Cope Foundation is on a mission to make Cork the ‘Inclusive Capital of Ireland’. The organisation, which supports 2,350 people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism to live ‘Your Life, Your Way’, is doing a lot of work to raise awareness about the importance of diverse workplaces, communities, sports groups and schools.

No matter where you are, you can take part. You could organise a Flowers of Hope Coffee Break or Bake Off at work, school or in your local community and share a cuppa for Cope. Or lace up those runners and do a Flower Power Walk at lunchtime with colleagues, friends or classmates. Why not wear something floral (dig out that lovely floral dress or shirt) and donate €4 to Cope Foundation by text or online and share your ‘floral selfie’ with the hashtag #FlowersOfHope. Flowers of Hope lapel pins and seeds will also be available to purchase at various outlets across Cork. The seeds (nasturtiums) can be planted this Spring and they will add great colour to any garden.

Cope Foundation has a network of 69 locations dotted right across Cork city and county. Its annual Flowers of Hope campaign centres on the people of Cork celebrating colour, growth and togetherness. Right now, Cope Foundation is calling on Cork schools, community groups and businesses and asking them to take part in Flowers of Hope this April. They have great fundraising packs available for people who would like to bring Flowers of Hope to their school, work place or community.

Seán Abbott, Chief Executive of Cope Foundation said “Flowers of Hope is an exciting campaign for Cope Foundation as it raises awareness about the need to embrace diversity and accept people for who they are (not for what they can or can’t do). We want to see communities, schools and work places bringing more colour into their lives by supporting Flowers of Hope this April and in doing so, raising much-needed funds for potentially life-changing assistive technology projects at Cope Foundation.”

Funds raised through Flowers of Hope will be used to develop and progress Cope’s work in assistive technology. Assistive technology is any technological intervention that can enable a person to do something – from everyday tasks to those ‘never-seemed-possible achievements’. For example, assistive technology could help a person to overcome or manage communication difficulties, cognitive issues, mobility limitations, and even social barriers. Assistive technology has the potential to really change a person’s quality of life and gain independence. Cope Foundation wants to be able to provide more assistive technology solutions for people so that they really can live ‘Your Life, Your Way’.

More information at www.cope-foundation.ie

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