Kerry Group Supports IWA

Kerry Group Supports IWA

Friday, 12 February 2016

Kathleen McLoughlin, CEO of Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) was delighted to accept a generous donation of €50,000 from Kerry Group in early February. The funds will be immediately invested into a new state of the art Resource and Outreach Centre which the Association intends to officially open in June 2016. The centre which is currently under construction will provide essential services to people with disabilities from a modern, high spec, accessible facility located at the Reeks Development, Killarney.

IWA is deeply rooted in communities throughout Kerry and already provides supports and services from locations in Tralee and Listowel. The Association hopes to expand its high quality services to the people of Killarney and in doing so, continue to support and promote independence, dignity and enhance quality of life for people with disabilities and others with reduced mobility living in Kerry. The Centre will also be available to other community and voluntary groups located in the area.

Speaking about the new development Ms McLoughlin said:

Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) has ambitious plans for Killarney and it is the support of those like Kerry Group that allows us to achieve them. Members of IWA have identified that 'quality of life' means opportunities to socialise, laugh, learn, work, travel, enjoy their homes and be active in their community. The planned centre will create an environment which enables individuals to achieve their goals and reach their maximum potential. IWA works in partnership with individuals and organisations at community level, and we are delighted to have the support and backing of Kerry Group as we establish a future for the Association in Killarney.

Kerry has a proud record of supporting community initiatives and charitable causes. Right through its history from its origins in the co-operative sector in Ireland, the Group has committed significant financial resources and considerable management/employee time in assisting development of facilities, amenities and charitable projects in the communities where it operates.

Speaking about the local investment, Frank Hayes, Director of Corporate Affairs, Kerry Group said:

Kerry Group is pleased to offer financial support towards the establishment of the IWA Resource and Outreach Centre, Killarney. The new centre will deliver essential services to people with disabilities serving Co. Kerry, and enabling individuals with mobility issues to become active and participative members of their local community, bringing a new sense of energy and vibrancy to their lives and the lives of their families. The IWA centre with the support of Kerry Group will be central to making this happen.

The new IWA centre will be designed to the highest level of access standards, and once opened will provide services to 25 local people from Killarney, with the view that others with physical disabilities or reduced mobility will become actively involved. Kathleen McLoughlin explained the importance of the new centre in Killarney:

For many people, the greatest obstacle to becoming part of their community is knowing where to start or how to get involved. For a person with a disability, this can be particularly daunting, so it is reassuring to know that there is a place where others will take the time to understand their individual needs. IWA's local centres provide an inclusive and welcoming starting point for anyone seeking greater involvement in their community, and every centre reflects the personality of the community in which it operates.

For additional information about the range of service Irish Wheelchair Association provides throughout Kerry or to learn more about the new facility located at the Reeks Development, Killarney please contact IWA Service Coordinator Kerry, Terry O'Brien on 066 718 0154 or email terry.obrien@iwa.ie


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