Celebrating the season of giving, school choirs from across Northern Ireland will take to CastleCourt’s front foyer this December to sing Christmas carols and festive songs in aid of Autism NI.
From the 5th to the 19th of December, 15 schools will perform their very best and merriest Christmas carols and songs to entertain shoppers and raise much needed funds for CastleCourt’s 2017-2018 charity partner, Autism NI.
Last year’s primary school singers raised over £5,000 for the charity, and with schools returning to sing again this year, CastleCourt and Autism NI hope to beat last year’s incredible efforts.
Launching the Christmas charity initiative, St John the Baptist primary school choir were the first choir to sing at the shopping centre and kickstarted the appeal for funds to support Autism NI.
In recent years, CastleCourt has helped raise thousands of pounds and build awareness of other important organisations including Mencap, Special Olympics, British Heart Foundation, Clic Sargent, Aware NI and Michaela Foundation.
In Northern Ireland Autism is on the increase and there are currently 30,000 individuals and their families living with the daily challenges of Autism. There are at present over 7,135 children diagnosed with Autism in NI every year. Formed in 1990, Autism NI exists to support individuals with Autism and their families and campaigns to raise awareness of Autism in the wider society. Therefore, fundraising support through partnerships such as this gives Autism NI the essential support to allow it to continue to provide vital services to those individuals and families living with Autism throughout NI.