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KINDNESS: Members of the Polish community living in Killarney are helping to raise funds for a little Polish baby who needs to undergo treatment costing over €2m. Pictured were: Aron Gorka, Diana Sobas Gorka, Liliana Gorka, Gosia and Max Usiarczyk, Adam Zakrzewski, and Alan Dineen owner of Formally Yours. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

Polish and Irish communities in Killarney have come together to help raise funds towards the €2m cost of treatment for a very sick little baby.

Polish native Gosia Usiarczyk called on the local business community to donate what they could to help fund medical treatment for 15-month-old Franio Marcinkowski, who was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type I and now faces a battle between life and death.

However, Polish locals in Killarney rallied when they heard of the baby’s plight and have since roped in the help of others.

Diana Sobas Gorka and Gosia set about asking local Polish and Irish businesses for help with local collections and setting up an auction to raise funds.

“I come from where the family live in Poland and when I saw it on Facebook I felt I wanted to do something,” Gosia told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I have children, Max (9) and Maja who is seven-months-old and as she’s close in age with Franio, I felt I needed to help in some way. There are groups in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. Diana created an Irish group and when I heard about her we decided to act together.”

She added that they know time fundraising is limited as treatment has to be given before age two.

“Every day our group is growing, not only Polish but also local people have joined. Now we have a few local businesses that helps us. We have Buddies Killarney, Bowling Buddies in Tralee, West Hotel in Bantry, Malgorzata Milczek Photography, Unique Hair by Katarzyna Bartczak, polish shop Pewex, Porterhouse, Chocolate Hair Salon, Formally Yours, BEBeauty by Aga Kuc.”

Anyone looking donate can do so by joining the FB group: ‘Auctions for Franio Marcinkowski’.

 

 

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Shoebox appeal is biggest yet for Faha kids

By Michelle Crean It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet! The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world. The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal […]

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By Michelle Crean

It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet!

The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world.

The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal for approximately six years when parent, Margaret Scully, initially contacted one of the SNAs, Delia O’ Shea, wondering if they’d be interested in taking part. Since then the appeal has been wholeheartedly supported by the pupils, staff and extended Faha NS community.

“This year has been the biggest yet with 140 shoeboxes collected and many more donations online,” Jerry Fitzgerald, Principal of Faha NS, said. “It is a learning experience for the children to realise that there are children just like themselves who may not be so fortunate and they really enjoy being given the opportunity to help out. They have great suggestions as to what to put in the shoeboxes and really put a lot of thought into it. The boxes are wrapped in Christmas paper which is also very exciting both for the children doing the wrapping as well for the children receiving the boxes.” However, he added that last year the COVID-19 pandemic brought about big changes and the physical shoeboxes were not collected. “Instead the children were able to do virtual shoeboxes or donate money. This cloud had a silver lining as this year people have both options and it makes it easier than ever to donate. The shoebox appeal always marks the start of Christmas at Faha NS and we are delighted to be able to help out. We are already looking to smash our record next year! Thanks to everyone who donated. The staff and students of Faha NS would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a safe New Year 2022.”

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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