COINS dropped into the wishing well at The Ewe Experience in Glengarriff are being put to very good use.
They are being donated to the Clonakilty branch of Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) to help towards the cost of acquiring a bus for their service users.
Sheena Wood and Kurt Lyndorff from The Ewe Experience – which is the country’s only interactive and interpretive sculpture garden and is celebrating 25 years in West Cork – recently presented Sinéad Burke from the Clonakilty branch of the IWA with €453 in coins that were dropped into their ‘Wish You Well’ wishing well.
Sinéad said: ‘These coins were thrown in by children and adults with wishes for themselves and this kind donation will go towards a much needed bus in order for service users to comfortably access the service.
‘To keep the ‘Wish You Well’ theme we are using some of the coins to plant a tree that will attract wildlife to our garden in the IWA Resource and Outreach Service.
‘With this tree we are going to have a ‘Wish You Well’ morning where will invite service users and staff to hang some of their wishes on the tree. We would like to thank both Sheena and Kurt for thinking of us and kindly donating the coins.’
Meanwhile, Sinéad and her team are gearing up for the launch of the IWA Clonakilty Angels Launch, which takes place on Friday October 19th and features guest speakers, a presentation followed by live music.
‘Each November the IWA launches our national fundraising campaign Angels and this year we will be collecting on November 8th and 9th in towns in West Cork and all around Ireland.
‘It is the largest campaign in our calendar and by making a donation you are helping IWA to deliver 2 million hours of essential supports and services to people with physical disabilities so they can enjoy equal rights, choices and opportunities to live their lives independently,’ added Sinéad.
Members will be collecting at Aldi stores in Dunmanway, Bandon and Skibbereen and on the main streets in Clonakilty over the two days.
Donations can also be made directly to IWA by visiting www.iwa.ie/angels and anyone who wishes to volunteer with the Angels Campaign can contact Sinead on 087-2217943.