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Petworld Choose AADI As Their National Nominated Charity

Petworld and Horkans Garden Centres Choose Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI) As Their National Nominated Charity

Mayo, Ireland (27 June 2016) - The Horkans Group, which includes Horkans Garden & Lifestyle Centres and Petworld have selected Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI) as their national nominated charity. 

Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland is a national charity providing highly trained assistance dogs for children with autism and their families. Their dogs are specially trained to provide safety and companionship to children also enabling social inclusion and a more independent life. These dogs help to transform the lives of children and their families. Having an assistance dog allows the families to be able to go out again and take their child to places that they had stopped going to.  The dog also helps them to be able to partake in simple everyday activities that the rest of us take for granted.  A simple trip to the local shop can be a very stressful task for a child with autism.

Nuala Geraghty, Training Services Manager, says "Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland is absolutely delighted to have been selected by the Horkans Group as their nominated charity. We are looking forward to building our relationship with the Horkans Group which has effectively created over 200 new brand ambassadors to talk about Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland and what we are trying to achieve. It takes up to 2 years to train each dog at a cost of €15,000 and all our money is raised through fundraising events.”

Stuart Cooper, Chief Operating Officer, Horkans Group commented “Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland do some really amazing work across Ireland and we are really looking forward to supporting them over the next few years. This partnership will give us a wonderful opportunity to give back to families across Ireland. Autism affects 1 in 100 people in Ireland and it personally touches some of our own families here at the Horkans Group so it gives us even more commitment to actively support this great cause. 

For more information please contact:
Tony Fahey
Spencer Street
Co. Mayo
Tel: +353 94 90 26997
Email: tony.fahey@horkans.com
Web: http://www.horkans.ie

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