Kilkenny shops back drive to raise funds for adult Down syndrome courses
Several shops across Kilkennyhave joined forces to provide crucial support to people with Down syndrome who are suffering during the Covid-19 lockdowns.
MACE stores across the county alongside Down syndrome Ireland (DSI) have launched a national campaign to support adults experiencing isolation and limited job opportunities as a result of the pandemic.
The public health emergency has meant more than 95% of graduates who gain employment on completion of DSI’s Ability Programme have been furloughed. Just two graduates are being supported to work remotely since the pandemic began.
The pandemic has left many adults with Down syndrome isolated. It has also resulted in high levels of job losses and left very limited options for people with Down syndrome to engage with further education and other activities.
DSI and MACE aim to raise enough funds to provide the Ability Programme course to every adult over the age of 29 with Down Syndrome in Ireland.
Funds will be raised through a combination of countertop charity boxes in MACE stores across the county, as well as a contribution from the sale of selected MACE own brand products in the stores.
MACE Sales Director Daniel O’Connell said: “We are extremely proud therefore, to have renewed our partnership with DSI and to support this initiative which will provide meaningful opportunities to adults with Down syndrome to engage, socialise and look for employment opportunities.”