Festive spirit already hits Mallow charity

As the busy Christmas season approaches, the Mallow based national charity Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI) is once again appealing for volunteers to help them run their Mallow charity store. “We’re very lucky and grateful that people have been so generous with their donations”, says Nuala Geraghty of AADI. “There have been some fantastic pieces dropped in to us, when people fancy clearing out their wardrobes, or stocking up on new season clothing, they generously think of us and all the donations make such a difference”.

As the recession rumbles on, Nuala is urging people to consider charity shops if looking for a bargain or just something different. With labels such as French Connection, Spanish designer Desigual, bags, shoes and accessories, the shop has been extremely busy since it opened its doors in April.

While AADI is always looking for volunteers, from puppy fosterers to flag-day collectors, it is primarily focused on those who would like to work in the charity shop on Shortcastle Street, Mallow.

“We’ve been delighted with the footfall through the store over the last 6 months and the dedication shown by our volunteers to date”, says Nuala. “We’re not looking for a massive full time commitment from anyone, but if anyone had an hour or 2 to spare each week, that in itself, that would make a massive contribution to the running of our charity, we’re expecting more and more people to be dropping in to our stores in Mallow and Clonmel in the run up to Christmas”.

As AADI does not receive any Government funding, it relies entirely on the generosity of the general public to help them foster, train and eventually place an autism assistance dog with a deserving family.

Nuala, AADI’s Training Services Manager is also looking ahead to an event in East Cork in the next fortnight. AI-K9 Unleashed, an informative and educational event, teaching people all they need to know about looking after dogs will be taking place on October 13th and 14th between 12 noon and 4pm at the Paddocks Indoor Arena, Midleton, with all proceeds going towards AADI.

You can find out more at www.aadi.ie or by calling 022-43851. You can join AADI on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @autismdogsirl