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Double chop for Kilcummin sisters!

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CHARITY CUT: Sisters Nicole and Katelyn Williams, pictured with their aunt Siobhan Reen (Jack & Jill Liaison Nurse Kerry), plan to cut their hair for the Rapunzel Foundation while raising funds for Jack & Jill. Photo: Michelle Crean

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By Michelle Crean

It's not a case of 'Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves' as the '80s song goes - but rather sisters helping sick children as two Kilcummin girls are planning to get the chop for two charities.

 

Sisters Nicole (18) and 11-year-old Katelyn Williams were inspired by their aunt Siobhan Reen, a Jack & Jill Liaison Nurse for the Kerry area, after hearing that the Jack & Jill Foundation is suffering from substantial funding losses this year.

The girls, granddaughters of well-known local motor dealer John Reen in Rathmore, put a plan of action together and decided not only to chop their long locks for one charity but to help a second by donating the hair afterwards to the Rapunzel Foundation, a charity that makes wigs for sick children.

On Monday they set up a GoFundMe page and have so far raised over €800. They plan to raise €100 for every inch cut. When they hit their target they will then book a hairdresser for the much anticipated cuts!

The €3,200 raised will provide 200 hours of nursing care for children supported by the Jack & Jill, a nationwide charity which provides in home nursing support for children with significant neurological deficits and provides end of life care to all children up to the age of five, Siobhan explained.

"I'm very proud of the two girls," Siobhan told the Killarney Advertiser.
"It means so much to the families. Funding is down €200,000 for Jack & Jill this year. That's a huge deficit that needs to be made up as there's no big company fundraising events. It's the individuals and communities that are helping us out. Every €16 is an hour of in home nursing care which helps to give parents a much needed break."

To make a donation go to GoFundMe: Inches for Hours.

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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