Latest Laois Event: Laois Fire Service heading to Hell and Back again for AsIAm

Latest Laois Event: Laois Fire Service heading to Hell and Back again for AsIAm

Irelands National Autism Charity to benefit from a Laois Fire Service  fundraiser.

Members of Laois Fire Service covering its stations in Portarlington, Portlaoise, Abbeyleix, Rathdowney, Durrow, Mountmellick, Stradbally and Mountrath are going to Hell and Back to support AsIAm Irelands National Autism Charity.

They officially launched their Same Chance fundraiser at the Fire station in Portarlington with their colleagues and family. 

They have set up an iDonate page here and are seeking the support of the general public.

AsIAm continues to support Autistic people and their families all over Ireland and strive to ensure that we all receive the same chance. With an increase of 300% in demand since the start of the pandemic for the charities range of supports and services the need to generate income is now paramount.

In county Laois alone there are approximately 1300 people on the Autism Spectrum with over 5200 family members having autism in their lives.

The fundraiser is the brain child of Ed Gallagher a firefighter based out of Portarlington. He will be joined on the 12th June on the Hell and Back challenge by colleagues including, Keith Vaughan from Portarlington,  Jason Maher and Pat Ahern from Mountmellick, Keith Louis and Brian Delaney from Portlaoise, Brian Keegan from Abbyleix, Neil Campion from Rathdowney, Stevie Thomas from Durrow and Pauric Keeley from Portlaoise. 

The Hell and Back Challenge is a 13km test staged in Co Wicklow with the team of firefighters facing the challenge on Sunday 12th June. They are currently in training for the challenge  and are asking everyone to support them on this link

Commenting, Adam Harris CEO AsIAm said: “Autistic people simply want the same chance to go to school, access healthcare services, gain employment and to be accepted in the community for who we are. Our work in AsIAm is driven to support Autistic people and to ensure that everyone is given the same chance. By supporting the Laois Fire Services Hell and Back it supports our work that all Autistic people get the same chance”.

75% of all income generated has to be sourced from individuals, community and Business that is why support for initiatives such as this  is so important.

Dick White, Fundraising Manager noted – “AsIAm is seeking support for our work – there are a variety of ways to help AsIAm in what we do.  This challenge of Hell and Back is only one such an initiative and we would like to thank the staff and family  of Laois Fire Service for this wonderful effort.”