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Anna O’Shea, Elaine Murphy, Bebhinn Geary, Caoimhe SuipŽil, Leona Morey and Ina Wolfe out training for this yearÕs Mini-Marathon which takes place on Sunday 22nd of September. Cope Foundation supports over 2,500 children and adults throughout Cork city and county. To join #TeamCope you can register online at or call 021-4643323. Pic Darragh Kane

Cope Foundation welcomes diversity and a unique approach to its latest online fundraising campaignCope

Foundation has announced its Two Eight Zero Zero Challenge to reflect each of the 2,800 people it supports and is inviting people to take a unique and personal approach to the fundraiser. The non-profit organisation currently supports 2,800 children and adults with an intellectual disability and/or autism to live ‘Your Life, Your Way’ across Cork city and county. 

Individuals and teams or groups are encouraged to create and complete their own challenge that centres around the number 2 8 0 0 while raising funds online for the Cork organisation. It could be 2800 sit-ups in a month or 2800 kilometres between a group, or even the most jumping jacks in 2800 seconds! The more creative you can be the better. 

Cope Foundation is encouraging everyone to get involved and to create their own unique Two Eight Zero Zero Challenge. Sean Abbott, Chief Executive of Cope Foundation says, “At Cope Foundation, we support people to live ‘Your Life, Your Way’. We all have our own unique goals in life and people we support often have to take a different approach to reaching their goals. This is what makes each person’s journey unique and personal to them. As a society, we must welcome and celebrate diversity in all parts of life. By doing so, our communities will be better places for everyone to live, learn and work. We hope that people will reflect on this when they take part in the Two Eight Zero Zero Challenge.

First to commit to the challenge is a group of UCC students who are walking for 2800 seconds (46 minutes) every day during the month of April. UCC student, Ciara O’Hanlon, is taking on the challenge with her friends. Ciara says, ‘I’m currently in my final year of Autism Studies at UCC. As a group of friends, we decided we wanted to finish this part of the year by doing something positive. In recognition of Autism Awareness Month and the work that Cope Foundation does for the autism community in Cork, we decided to take part in the Two Eight Zero Zero Challenge.

All funds raised will go towards projects and programmes that empower and support people with an intellectual disability and/or autism across Cork city and county. 

You can register for the Two Eight Zero Zero Challenge here:


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