Limerick City celebrates Autism awareness

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Staff at from Guineys Department Store marking World Autism Day.
Staff at from Guiney's Department Store marking World Autism Day in Limerick City.

IT WAS all go in Limerick city on Tuesday when Dóchas Mid West, the local Autism charity, partnered with several local businesses to celebrate World Autism Day.

This is an international initiative to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a condition that affects approximately 1 in 65 children in Ireland.

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Guiney’s department store hosted the Limerick 95 FM afternoon show to celebrate World Autism and generously donated ten per cent of their Super Tuesday sales to Dóchas Mid-West.

Supervalu Castletroy also hosted Dóchas Mid-West in their store as part of Supervalu’s national campaign in partnership with AsIAm.ie, striving to create more inclusive communities and offering free home delivery to the Autism community for April.

Several other stores including Tony Connolly’s in Patrick’s Street and Crescent Shopping Centre, Planters Deli, Parkway, Amber Service Station, Kilmallock Road and Elm Court Service Station, Ballyneety got behind Dóchas’ Autism Awareness Day campaign by wearing Dóchas t-shirts and selling Dóchas merchandise in their stores.

Bellissimo Limerick and Charlotte Tilbury, Brown Thomas donated nail technicians and makeup artists for a coffee morning to pamper some of the local ASD mums at an open day in Dóchas Mid-West centre on 14 Parnell Street.

Deirdre Power, Dóchas Centre Manager said, “This has been an actioned packed Autism Day in Limerick! A huge thank you for the support of the local businesses, they have been fantastic in helping us raise awareness and understanding of Autism in the Mid-West Region.”