On Sunday 30th September, weather permitting a hardy group of people consisting of two Irish Wheelchair Association staff, one service user and a volunteer are doing a tandem parachute jump in order to raise much needed funds both for IWA local services and the Inishowen Voluntary Branch.
According to a local spokesperson like many disability organisations the Irish Wheelchair Association has experienced cuts to its funding in recent years and it is with generosity of the public and through this type of fundraiser and IWA annual fundraisers that the services have managed to continue at the same level.
“Services in Donegal include: 6 Resource and Outreach centres, with a new service commencing yesterday in Carrigart servicing the Downings, Carrigart, and Fanad Peninsula.
“Personal Assistant Services – Within this service IWA provides individuals with personal assistants to support them in their daily lives. The service is delivered by highly trained staff throughout Donegal.
“School of Motoring –IWA offers a wide range of motoring services that support people in gaining increased independence and mobility. In Donegal, IWA have a dedicated driving school car and our experienced professional driving instructors provide tuition to drivers with a diverse range of conditions and or disabilities.
The spokesperson pointed out that IWA is a registered charity and is always looking for volunteers to assist the local services.
Volunteers are involved in fundraising, which is vital to bridge the shortfall in funding necessary to maintain vital service for people living with disabilities in Donegal. A particular emphasis during the month of November is their Angel Campaign, and anyone with a few hours to spare can be of assistance throughout the month, or indeed any business prepared to display our Angels.
General information on IWA services or any issues affecting those with disabilities please contact: Mary McGrenra, Day Services Co ordinator, 074-9157393, Harriet McCafferty, Assisted living Services Co ordinator, 074-9177448, Raymond McDaid, School of Motoring , Driving Instructor, 086-8870110.