Athy Fire Service host charity car wash

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Athy Fire Service host charity car wash

Mucky cars wanted on the day

Car drivers are being asked to bring their mucky motors along to Athy town centre this month for a fundraising car wash in aid of Extern, Ireland’s leading social justice charity.

The fundraiser is being held on Saturday, October 20, in Emily Square, Athy, beside the town’s courthouse, from 10am-4pm, where staff from Extern’s Athy office will join young service users and firefighters from Athy Fire Service, to add some sparkle and shine to the town’s vehicles.

Money raised from the event will go towards Extern’s programmes and interventions for young people in Athy. The charity’s programmes work with young people aged 12-17 years, to divert them away from crime and anti-social behaviour. Each year, Extern helps hundreds of young people across the region, and Ireland as a whole, through its range of projects. Currently the charity operates Garda Youth Diversion Projects in Athy and Naas. These are aimed at providing early interventions for young people who have been identified as being at risk of entering into anti-social and/or criminal behaviour.

“This will be a friendly and fun event, and a great way to help us raise funds for the vital work we do in the region,” said Eimear Flood, Extern’s Youth Justice Co-ordinator with Athy GYDP.

“It’s a chance to find out more about what we do and help ensure a brighter future for young people in the area, while at the same time getting your car looking spick and span, so we’d love to see as many as people as possible there on the day.”

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Extern’s Garda Youth Diversion Projects are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

Extern also provides support to families facing difficulties, young people tackling alcohol or substance abuse, and refugees seeking resettlement.