We are delighted to announce that Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Sligo Leitrim and west Cavan branch, is our chosen charity for 2016. Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is Irelands leading provider of Community based Neuro Rehabilitation for people living with a brain injury. Cyclists will have the opportunity to donate online when registering or may raise funds through a sponsorship card available from the office or by creating a fund raising page on “My Charity” . Contributions to the charity are not inbuilt into the event registration fee hence it is hoped that cyclists will support this worthy fundraiser. The funds raised will go towards the development of the local service and the ongoing maintenance of the newly opened day resource centre for persons who have experienced an acquired brain injury.
PLUS be in with the chance to win some great prices through the both the online donation draw and sponsorship raffle, see below for more details on these.
About Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABI Ireland)
ABI Ireland is a dedicated provider of community-based neuro-rehabilitation services for people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families. As a brain injury can affect a person’s ability to manage their own life and live independently, ABI Ireland works to empower and rebuild lives, working with both the person with the brain injury and their families / loved ones. ABI Ireland also campaigns, educates and advocates for the rights and needs of this hidden group in society.
ABI Ireland’s Vision
People with neuro-rehabilitation needs and their families receive the highest quality personalised services and supports as and when they need them.
ABI Ireland’s Mission
To enable people with neuro-rehabilitation needs to lead meaningful lives in the community by providing personalised quality rehabilitation and support.
ABI Ireland shares a number of values driven by putting the person at the centre of everything we do. The values include upholding dignity and respect, offering choices, making a contribution, sharing everyday places and enjoying good relationships.
What is neuro-rehabilitation?
Neuro-rehabilitation is a clinical process to aid recovery after a brain injury. It is about relearning, compensating and regrowth so the person lives a life of their own choosing. It is about supporting the person to do everyday activities for themselves. Each individual is assessed and a plan is put in place. The person is gradually supported by the (neuro-rehabilitation) team to regain skills, adapt to the environment and learn new ways to cope with day-to-day life.
ABI Ireland Services
ABI Ireland provides a diverse range of neuro-rehabilitation services in communities across Ireland. The Sligo Leitrim service cater for persons aged 18-65 years of age.
The core services include:
- Clinical neuro-rehabilitation team
- Residential rehabilitation
- Transitional living
- Day resource/clubhouse
- Home and community
- Case management
Additional support services are also provided and include:
- ABI information
- Cognitive behaviour therapy
- Family carer training
- Family therapy
- Education groups
- Neuro-rehabilitation services
What is an acquired brain injury?
There are many ways in which a person can acquire a brain injury. Approximately 13,000 people acquire a brain injury in Ireland each year. Causes of brain injury include among others, a fall, assault, road traffic accident, infection, stroke or tumour. Depending on what part of the brain is injured and the extent of the injury, the person will have to live with different consequences. Many of these consequences may be hidden, others not. They range from physical and sensory to cognitive and psychological. Having a serious brain injury is totally life altering for both the person and their family due the effects of brain injury. The brain is a complex organ. Brain injury is a complicated issue.
Effects of acquired brain injury
The individual and family may experience:
- Loss of income and unemployment
- Social and economic isolation
- Relationship and family challenges
- Communication difficulties
- Reduced ability to understand and cope.
- Emotional and psychological challenges
- Personality changes
- Physical changes
- Behavioural changes
The local brain injury service provides vital rehabilitation to between 65 and 75 persons monthly. All monies raised locally stay locally and are used for the maintenance and further development of services. We recently opened a day resource centre in Wolfe tone street and this could not have happened, was it not for the generosity of the people who supported our fundraisers over the years. Fundraised money goes towards, delivering cognitive rehabilitation programmes, such as gardening, wood work, swimming programmes, cookery, Craft, social clubs etc.
Thank you for your support.
For further information please link in to our website www.abiireland.ie
How to donate or fund raise for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland
1) You can donate online when registering for the event, if you do you will automatically be entered into the online draw to win two night B&B and one evening meal at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sligo.
2) You can request a sponsorship card by contacting us on 0719161511 (Each line sold will be entered into a raffle, lots of prizes on offer).
ONLINE PRIZE DRAW
The Radisson Blu Hotel Sligo have very kindly donated a raffle prize of 2 nights B&B and 1 evening meal for cyclists who choose to donate online to the charity, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. Each person who donates to the charity during the online registration process will be entered into a draw for this fantastic prize. The raffle will take place in event HQ, IT Sligo, on the Sunday evening 1st May after the cycle.
SPONSORSHIP RAFFLE PRIZES
Every line sold on the sponsorship cards will be entered into a Sponsorship Raffle Draw, where a number of great prizes will be up for grabs on the day. So make sure to bring your card with you to the sign-on in the Knocknarea Arena where you can return it to the charity at their stand. The Sponsorship Raffle Draw will take place at post event get-together at the Glasshouse Hotel on the night of Sunday 1st May.