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Jana’s fundraiser for tornado torn country

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By Michelle Crean

A local woman, originally from the Czech Republic, has set up a fundraising page after part of her country was destroyed by a recent tornado.

Jana Lalikova, who has been living in Ireland for more than 13 years, was shocked when, on Thursday the June 24, South Moravia in the Czech Republic was struck by a devastating tornado.

With its people trying to get back on their feet, Jana, who runs a rehabilitation and physiotherapy practice at the Perfect Therapy Clinic at the Reeks Gateway in Killarney, is fundraising to help.

"South Moravia in the Czech Republic, is a region of sun, wine and easy-going people. It's one of the most beautiful regions in the country," Jana told the Killarney Advertiser.

"My brother, a frontline emergency worker, text me that night to say he was called to the epicentre of the disaster. His message read: "We are okay, but the view is terrifying... It looks like a war zone"."

The tornado swept through several villages, killing five people and leaving more than 150 injured.

"People's homes were flattened and they were left without adequate accommodation or support. For that reason I am reaching out to ask for donations, no matter how small, to help support the communities and families affected by this disaster."

Rather than going in to a central fund, Jana's efforts will specifically help one family, the details of which she has not received yet.

"If a family needs to replace a roof or rebuild, the money I help raise will help that one family."

Jana is no stranger to fundraising locally over the years and has helped with a recent Crumlin appeal.

Since the tornado hit clients coming in to the clinic has donated even without any prompting from Jana.

"I would like to say a big thank you to my clients and friends who are helping and supporting me in this effort," she said.

"I'd really appreciate it if you could share or donate to this GoFundMe 'Help people in Czech Republic after tornado'."

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The tax you’re really paying for your health

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness With the budget just squared away, there’s always an air of “how did I do out of it?” In Ireland, we enjoy a public healthcare system which is touted to become a universal healthcare system. Maybe “enjoy” is the wrong word. We have it, and we use it, and, […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

With the budget just squared away, there’s always an air of “how did I do out of it?”

In Ireland, we enjoy a public healthcare system which is touted to become a universal healthcare system. Maybe “enjoy” is the wrong word.

We have it, and we use it, and, of course we pay for it. We justify the constant ratcheting-up of our tax burden to pay for rising health-care costs. That tax is on our wallets.

We also pay another type of tax: When we’re unhealthy, we don’t get to do the things we like. When we’re overweight, we don’t always say “YES!” when our kids ask to go to the swimming pool.
When we’re unfit, we don’t take our buddy’s invitation for a weekend hiking and camping trip. We can’t start jogging because our knees hurt; can’t lift weights because our back hurts; can’t cut down calories because we feel we need the energy.

Those things are taxes. Physical taxes, but they’re not the worst taxes we pay.

The worst tax we pay is the mental tax.

When we’re self-conscious about our fitness or health, we don’t want to start exercising. We don’t want to look dumb or fail.

We don’t want to start a new lifestyle because our families will say “good for you”, because they know we need it, or they’ll say “you don’t need that …” and lie. Or they’ll roll their eyes because they know we’ve failed before.

When we’ve been away from the gym for four months, we don’t want to do that first workout because we’re going to be last. It’s going to suck and we might get embarrassed.

SELF IMPOSED TAX

The Government makes us pay financial tax, but the other two – physical and mental – are self-imposed.

No one cares if you’re slow.

No one cares if you finish last.

No one cares if you blow your nutrition this week and have to start all over again.

You’d stop caring about what others thought about you if you realised how rarely they actually do.

Everyone thinks about themselves, mostly. That’s the tax they’re paying – and most of us overpay.

We’re taxed enough. Stop worrying about what you look like and start caring about what makes you feel good.

If you’d like to start taking steps in the right direction with your health and fitness, call in for a free consultation with us at Activate. Visit www.activate.ie/free-intro for more information.

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Tractor run raises €500 for charity

By Sean Moriarty Members of Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club raised €500 for the Kerry Mental Health Association during their first tractor run since April 2019. 30 tractors took part on Sunday including two rare Ford 3000s from 1974 and an even rarer Zetor Crystal from 1980. Departing from the club’s new ‘Vintage Shed’ […]

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Members of Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club raised €500 for the Kerry Mental Health Association during their first tractor run since April 2019.

30 tractors took part on Sunday including two rare Ford 3000s from 1974 and an even rarer Zetor Crystal from 1980.

Departing from the club’s new ‘Vintage Shed’ on Lewis Road, the convoy travelled to the communications mast near Coolick in Kilcummin, where participants enjoyed views of the wider Castleisland district and Killarney Valley.

“Some of the drivers were never up there before and they were amazed with the views across the two valleys,” organiser Tom Leslie told the Killarney Advertiser.

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