Bus Éireann have officially came on board as a sponsor of the Cork Association for Autism’s annual Blue Balloon Fun Run & Walk which takes place in Blackrock on Sunday September 11th at 11am.
The scenic off road route will start at the Old Railway Line near Páirc Ui Chaoimh and travel back along by the water before finishing up near Blackrock Castle. At the finish line participants will be greeted with light refreshments, an ice cream van and a balloon release along the water’s edge, making it a great family fun event and one for all ages. Bus Éireann will be on hand to provide a free shuttle bus to escort participants from the finish line back to their cars.
With an expected attendance of 300 people the Blue Balloon Fun Run & Walk is a great way to raise awareness of autism in our community as well as helping to raise vital funds for client transportation services at the Cork Association for Autism. The charity now provide supports to over 300 adults with autism. Services provided include residential care, respite, day service, home support and an Asperger Syndrome Support Service.
Fiona Connolly of Bus Éireann said “We are delighted to sponsor this event for the second consecutive year. The Blue Balloon Fun Run is a fantastic fit for Bus Éireann as funds raised on the day will contribute toward transportation services at the CAA. We look forward to taking part on the day and we hope all the participants enjoy their short bus journey on one of our buses from our brand new 161 fleet.”
Participants are being encouraged to register online at www.corkautism.ie to book their place. Entry fee is €15 for adults, €5 for children under 12 and FREE with a sponsorship card which can be requested by calling Carol on 021 453 3642 or by emailing c.walsh@corkautism.ie. Team and group registrations are also welcomed.
The event is proudly sponsored by Bus Éireann, Musgrave Group, Spar Rathcormac, All Fresh Wholesale Ltd Little Island, Fitzpatrick’s Shop Glounthaune and Guilders Bar Carrigtwohill.

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