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Cork International Hotel to become an ‘Autism Friendly’ hotel as it teams up with The Rainbow Club

Employees at the hotel will undertake training as the hotel works on changing some of its facilities to make them more inclusive

The Cork International Hotel has partnered with the Rainbow Club Cork Centre for Autism as its charity partner for 2019.

As a result of this new partnership with the Rainbow Club, the Cork International Hotel will raise funds on behalf of the charity throughout the year through various events. The Rainbow Club is hoping to raise €2 million to fund a new facility in Little Island.

In addition to fundraising efforts, the hotel plans to work towards making its environment for guests with autism more inclusive by tailoring its facilities. It is also providing its team with awareness training. The hotel will now be working with the Rainbow Club to determine the additions and changes at the hotel.

General Manager of the Cork International Hotel Carmel Lonergan said: ‘We’re thrilled to announce this partnership between ourselves and the Rainbow Club. The dedication and commitment shown by the team at the Rainbow Club is truly inspirational and we’re very proud the Cork International Hotel can play a part in supporting the valuable work they do. Each guest has different requirements and we are looking forward to working with families in making their stay at the hotel a positive experience.

The Rainbow Club opened its doors in June 2015 and is now providing assistance and support to more than four hundred children and their families. It was founded by Karen and Jon O’Mahony, whose sons Sean and Stephen have autism.

Karen O’Mahony from the Rainbow Club said: “Our club is an entirely voluntary organisation, which gets no government funding at all so a partnership like this with Cork International Hotel is a huge boost for us. It helps us to plan our services and activities and make sure we can keep helping children with ASD.”

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For more information, please contact:

Niamh Hennessy, Healy Communications on:

📱 086 3110156 / 📮niamh@healycommunications.ie

 

ABOUT THE CORK INTERNATIONAL HOTEL

The four Star Cork International Hotel combines style, location, service, luxurious bedrooms and modern facilities, making it one of the most highly rated and stylish hotels in Cork City and Ireland. It offers 142 modern, fresh and unique bedrooms and three self-catering suite apartments. Situated directly opposite Cork Airport the Cork International offers guests a free shuttle service, ideal for those catching flights. It is just a 10-minute drive from Cork City. A bus service runs directly from the hotel into the city centre.

 

ABOUT THE RAINBOW CLUB

The Rainbow Club was born out of families’ frustration at a lack of resources in this country for children with autism, particularly early intervention. When it began working in June 2015, 26 children attended the Rainbow Club on a weekly basis. By January 2016, 125 children were attending every week and there are now more than 400 children are attending The Rainbow Club The Rainbow Club is a non-government funded service so the club relies solely on fundraising and donations to function. There are 62 volunteers who give their time freely to help run the club. All our volunteers are Garda vetted and some have children who are on the spectrum.

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