Store staff aim to raise € 170,000 to train 17 autistic companion puppies in Cork next year

A Cork-based charity that does a great job with families with autism will benefit from a major Curry’s PC World channel fundraiser.

Curry’s staff have chosen My Canine Companion, based on Commons Road in Cork City, as their official charity partner.

It takes € 10,000 to train a puppy to be a full-time companion dog for someone with autism – and the staff at Curry have set themselves a very ambitious goal of raising enough in one year, € 170,000, to train 17 of them.

It’s a dog for each of the 16 stores in Ireland, plus one from the currys.ie website.

In addition to raising funds, they will also help to publicize the association.

Fundraising throughout the year will be a mix of in-store and internal initiatives, meaning customers and colleagues will have the chance to help raise essential funds for this fantastic charity.

The first activity will see colleagues at Currys PC World take part in the 100K Walk Challenge for My Canine Companion, in which all stores will participate!

Pauline Browne, Marketing Director at Currys PC World Ireland said: “As a dog lover, I personally am delighted that we have teamed up with the wonderful team of My Canine Companion.

“The work they do with dogs and the service they provide to families across the country is invaluable. We have chosen to support My Canine Companion for a number of reasons.

“First of all, it’s a small Irish charity that gives real support to families in need. Second, our company sells a lot of products that can help people with autism. And finally, the charity has been voted on. by colleagues at Currys PC World Ireland.

“This was extremely important to us as we wanted to involve the whole team and make sure everyone supported the initiative. We are eager to kick off the fundraiser and hope to reach the goal or maybe even exceed it. with the help of our customers and colleagues!

My Canine Companion was created in 2011 by husband and wife team Cliona O’Rourke and Niall Ruddy.

From humble beginnings at the couple’s home in Blarney, the charity quickly grew to become the largest provider of assistance dogs to children and young adults with autism in Ireland.

The organization is now headquartered in Blackpool, Cork and provides service nationwide.

Each year, My Canine Companion provides over 60% of Irish assistance / assistance dogs to children with autism.

The balance is provided by Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind (33%) and Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (7%). The charity qualifies an average of 45 autistic assistance dog partnerships per year and currently has 275 working dog partnerships in Ireland.

Niall Ruddy, CEO of My Canine Companion, said: “We are delighted that Currys PC World has chosen us as a charitable partner. We look forward to working with colleagues at Currys PC World in all of their stores and online platforms to raise awareness about autism and services. we provide.

“The funds raised by Currys PC World will be essential to enable us to improve the lives of families living with autism as well as to help us expand our therapy services in schools.”

To follow the Currys PC World & My Canine Companion journey or donate to a great cause, please visit currys.ie/mycaninecompanion