Cope Foundation to highlight inclusion on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Graphic designer Amy Begley who is supported by Cope Foundation. (Photo: Darragh Kane)

Cope Foundation is encouraging people to talk about inclusion this weekend, as the charity is set to host a special event on Cork’s Harley Street on Saturday, which is International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3rd). 

The charity is hoping its event on Harley Street this weekend will highlight the importance of inclusion and to talk about how we can embrace this more in every aspect of our lives. Saturday’s event takes place from 10am to 2pm and a selection of complimentary festive treats will be available, while Cork buskers and TikTok stars Korey Power and Dylan Brickle will perform some Christmas favourites on the day. 

Cope Foundation supports 2,800 people with an intellectual disability and/or autism to live a life of their choosing and has a growing network of 70 centres, stretching from East Cork to West Cork.

People are also encouraged to donate to the charity’s virtual giving page called ‘Light Up Cork’. It was designed by graphic designer Amy Begley, who is supported by Cope Foundation, and shows a night sky over a number of well-known Cork landmarks which represent some of the towns and areas where Cope Foundation services are available. Donors are asked to dedicate a star to a loved one. By lighting up a star they are also shining a light on inclusion in Cork. 

As well as the Harley Street event, artist Florin Nolan, who is supported by Cope Foundation and Suisha Arts, is hosting his first ever art exhibition on International Day of Persons With Disabilities. The exhibition is called ‘Floricoland’ and it opens at Cork City Library at 1pm on Saturday 3rd and runs until Saturday, December 31st.

The weekend event on Harley Street is being held in collaboration with Trigon Hotels, Cope Foundation’s charity partner for 2021 and 2022. Members of the public will be able to chat with people supported by Cope Foundation, its staff and team members from Trigon Hotels.

To light up a star online visit