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Killarney girls offer designer handbag to raise funds for Chloe

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HELPING CHLOE: Lisa Sheahan (left) and Meadbh McSweeney (right) have donated a designer Prada handbag to help raise funds for ‘Chloe’s Journey’.

 

A fundraising effort for little Chloe Jenkins, a toddler who is battling Neuroblastoma - a very rare and aggressive form of child cancer - has been launched by two Killarney girls who are giving away a Prada designer handbag as part of a Christmas giveaway.

Lisa Sheahan and Meadbh McSweeney started the initiative online in recent weeks to raise much needed funds via GoFundMe page: Chloe’s Journey.

The two friends, who work with Chloe's uncle Paddy, were so taken by Chloe's story and how she is bravely battling childhood cancer that they wanted to help.

The limited edition designer Prada handbag is worth over €1,200 and the draw will take place next week on Thursday, December 17. To be in with a chance of winning the girls are asking people to donate the minimum GoFundMe amount of €5 to Chloe’s Journey GoFundMe page.

"We'd been following Chloe's story on social media and just wanted to do something for her and her family,"
Lisa said. "It'd just melt your heart to see her having to go through so much."

Chloe lives in Cork with mom Deborah from Killorglin, and dad Gareth from Dublin.
In March 2019, Chloe was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma which is one of the hardest cancers to cure. Chloe’s Journey was set up to generate funds to help with Chloe’s ongoing care and treatment.
Chloe had surgery in September 2019 which removed her left kidney and 85 percent of the tumour. In December Chloe travelled to Germany for specialist proton therapy to target the remaining tumour entwined around major organs and blood vessels.

In January this year Chloe began a six month intensive immunotherapy treatment. However, in July Deborah and Gareth received the devastating news that Chloe’s cancer had regrown. Chloe has undergone multiple rounds of chemotherapy over this past number of months to try to treat the aggressive cancer. Chloe’s next round of chemotherapy will start on December 18 and finish on Christmas Eve – so hopefully she will be home in time for Santy.

Any funds raised for Chloe's Journey will be used to alleviate the financial stress for Deborah and Gareth so that they can focus on her treatment and be by her side. Funds raised will help alleviate some of the financial costs associated with caring for a seriously ill child, and if the need arises to travel abroad at a later stage for further specialist treatment.

"Seeing how brave Chloe is and how she continues to smile through it all just made us want to help in any way we could. She's so adorable and is a real little warrior," Meadbh added.

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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By Michelle Crean

School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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