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Cope Foundation asks Cork to shine a light on inclusion this Christmas

Cope Foundation asks Cork to shine a light on inclusion this Christmas

Wednesday 17 November 2021

We are delighted to announce our new Christmas campaign, Light Up Cork

Light Up Cork is a virtual giving page designed by Amy Begley, a graphic designer who happens to have an intellectual disability.  The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Colm Kelleher and Deputy Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Seamus McGrath officially launched ‘Light Up Cork’ today. Amy Begley has developed a unique Cork night time landscape incorporating some key Cork landmarks to represent the regions where Cope Foundation services and supports are available. On the page you will find the Shandon Bells in Cork city; the Kindred Spirits sculpture in Midleton; the Castle Gates in Macroom; St. Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh and the Baltimore Beacon in West Cork.


When you make a donation on the page, you light up a star in the sky which you can dedicate to a loved one (and even leave a little message for/about them). By lighting up a star, you are also shining a light on Cork and inclusion!.


Sean Abbott, Chief Executive of Cope Foundation, said: “We are delighted to partner with Amy Begley for our 2021 Christmas campaign. Amy is a very talented graphic designer and visual artist who is also supported by Cope Foundation. We hope that ‘Light Up Cork’ will help us to raise much-needed funds for our organisation but, more importantly, it is about shining a light on inclusion. Cope Foundation is committed to speaking up and continuing the conversation around rights and equalities for people with disabilities and/or autism.”


As part of the campaign, Cope Foundation is asking the people of Cork to make a special effort to ‘Light Up’ on Friday, December 3rd to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 


Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Colm Kelleher is supporting the campaign, he said: “I hope that companies and schools will ‘Light Up’ on December 3rd in support of inclusion in our communities. It can be something as simple as wearing a Christmas jumper with flashing lights, a Santa hat with a light or even putting lights around your laptop at work or in your home office.” 


We hope you can join us and shine a light on #inclusion this Christmas.   
To light up a star online visit