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Hi everyone.... Solas is looking for your help!! We have entered an application for €5000 to help us to pay for Speech and Language a Therapy and Occupational Therapy for the boys in Solas. But..... We need your votes!!! If you click on the link below it will bring you to our video and then you click vote. Not only do we need your vote but also the votes of all your friends and families!!! There is a lot of competition and this money would make such a difference to the children and their families. So please get liking, sharing, posting, tweeting and anything else you can think of to get us votes!!! Also... If anyone is in a position to email the link around a company or to share it with a celebrity/public figure then go for it.... Every vote counts!!





Here's the link: http://woobox.com/r3...ote/for/6229454

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The voting has really got going now and we desperately need more votes to keep in front. If you haven't voted yet please watch the Solas autism unit on the link below and click on the vote.


The vote icon will turn green when your vote has been accepted after doing this can you please like us on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks again



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Unfortunately after been in the lead for the majority of the competition we have just fallen into 2nd place with only 8 days to go. We just wanted to say to everyone who voted a massive massive THANK YOU for your time and effort… BUT its not over till its over so keep tagging and encouraging your friends to vote. http://goo.gl/lQOS1Y

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