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Jana’s kindness helps raise funds for local Ukrainians

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By Michelle Crean

Giving to others is what one business owner does best and this week was no different as a substantial donation was given to local Ukrainians.

Jana Lalikova from the Czech Republic owns Perfect Therapy rehabilitation and physiotherapy practice at the Reeks and has fundraised for other causes over the past few years.

She felt such helplessness when news of the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces broke and she and her staff were keen to do something to help.

Using their skills, they immediately arranged massage sessions with donations to go towards helping raise money to help those displaced by the war.

Two days were organised for the fundraiser, Saturday March 12 and 19, with each individual massage costing €30 for 30 minutes and in total €1,775 was raised.

"We wanted to do something to help," Jana told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The community is brilliant. Most of them paid more than €30 and there were people that didn't receive a massage and made a donation. I'd like to say thank you to the people who were amazing in how they supported this."

Initially Jana thought they'd donate the funds to the Red Cross Ukrainian Appeal but they have now decided to give the money to the refugees who have recently arrived in to Killarney town.

"We were sure at the start that we would give it to the Red Cross and we sat down and decided it would be better to help locally for the people who have arrived here. We decided to buy vouchers for Dunnes Stores and One4all as there are a lot of shops in town who take these vouchers. It's like a circle that the money is staying here too."

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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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