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  • Writer's pictureKieran McAuliffe

Bon Secours Hospital (Cork) Shines for Children with Autism.

SHINE Ireland, the voluntary organization supporting those affected by autism, has recognised the support of the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork at their annual Shine Valentines Ball this weekend.

Bon Secours Hospital Cork’s Manager Harry Canning was presented with the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Autism community in Cork by Eoin Motherway, Director of Shine Centre, in the company of over 200 guests attending the annual SHINE ball at the Maryborough Hotel in Cork.

“We are delighted to acknowledge the wonderful support that SHINE has received from the Bon Secours Hospital this year, in the development of a Social Skills App for children and adolescents with autism. The financial support we have received from the Bon Secours Community Initiative programme has allowed us to progress this key initiative in the area of social skills for children with autism and take it to an application platform for tablets and smartphones. We wanted to acknowledge their contribution, as SHINE and the Bons Secours Hospital take our first steps together in helping children and adolescents with autism, here in Ireland and potentially across the world. The app developed by Doodle Creative in Cork will be available at the end of March 2015.”

On acceptance of the Award on behalf of the Bon Secours Hospital, Mr Harry Canning said: “While our care within the hospital is summed up by our brand motto ‘advanced medicine, exceptional care’, our ‘care’ goes beyond the walls of the hospital. Our Community Initiative Programme is the key way in which we translate our mission and values into action for the wider local community. Annually we offer significant support to charities and projects, which benefit some of the most vulnerable groups in society. We believe that we can act as a catalyst in tackling social issues by supporting local charities in the excellent work that they are doing in the community. We can assist these organisations financially or with expertise, often in collaboration and partnership with other likeminded organisations. We are delighted to be working with SHINE to support their work here in Cork”.

“The Bon Secours Hospital Cork is a very welcome addition to our Smarter Senses Project team.  The Smarter Senses vision continues to grow in global relevance and impact, and is producing a unique, collaborative team across industry, academia, government and public sector driving results to benefit children with autism both nationally and internationally. Look for an exciting announcement in coming weeks”, said Denis Collins, Chairman, of Shine Ireland’s Smarter Senses Project”.

As well as the support from the Bon Secours Hospital, SHINE Ireland regularly runs fundraising events to support their work. The Shine Ball raised in excess of €25,000 for their Centre in Carrigaline and has raised over €300,000.00 for autism services in Cork since it began in 2008.


Denis Collins (Chairman of the Shine Smarter Senses Committee) & Harry Canning (Hospital Manger Bon Secours Hospital Cork)


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