The future is looking bright for an Inishowen charity, after it bought the land it’s been renting for years.
On Tuesday night last, Buncrana Town Council presented Inishowen Children’s Autism Related Eduction (i.C.A.R.E) with a cheque for 70,000 euro, gifted from its Development Fund.
i.C.A.R.E chairperson Angela Tourish told the ‘Journal’ the money has already been used to finalise the purchase of land at Ballymacarry, which the group has been leasing since 2005.
She said the acquisition would make a “huge difference” to the facility and secure their future. i.C.A.R.E is not grant-aided and has relied on voluntary donations from the local community. The organisation provides support and services to children with autism and their families from right across Inishowen.
Angela said: “This is going to make a huge difference to us. We won’t have to worry about having to vacate the land at any stage and we’ll be able to apply for grants and funding. I’m still pinching myself. This is a wonderful legacy for Buncrana Town Council to leave the people of Inishowen.”
i.C.A.R.E’s newest fundraising initiative is a ‘Win Your House’ draw. Tickets are 20 euro and the prize is a house or 10,000 euro. Tickets can be purchased at various outlets in Buncrana. Winners will be drawn at the i.C.A.R.E Mid-Summer Ball on June 21st in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana. Visit www.icare.ie/winahouse.
Angela thanked the local community across Inishowen for the support they continue to give i.C.A.R.E. She also paid tribute to each of Buncrana’s Town Councillors.