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Mother’s Day fundraiser planned for little sick girl

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FUNDRAISER: Tara O'Donoghue Laing, pictured with Killarney singer Grace Foley, who are organising a fundraising event for a sick little girl. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

 

Two local ladies are pooling their talents together to help raise funds for a sick little girl suffering from Cerebral Palsy.

Photographer Tara O'Donoghue Laing from Firies has enlisted the help of Killarney singer Grace Foley, and arranged a special day out for families this March.

And, although the event, which includes a photoshoot, a three course meal and entertainment in The Brehon Hotel on Sunday, March 22, is a treat for families – it’s a hugely important day for little Heidi Patterson as funds raised with go towards vital physiotherapy.

Heidi was born in 2017 to Sinead and Steve Patterson, with a visual and hearing impediment and Cerebral Palsy.

 

 

 

 

 

Tara came to know the family after photographing the couple’s wedding in 2015.

And as her own son is one age with Heidi, Tara felt she wanted to help in some way.

“My son Dáithí is only a few months older than Heidi,” Tara told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“I could really relate to how Sinead is going through this as a mom. I felt that surely we can make some bit of difference to relieve some of the financial difficulties. I’m hoping to raise €5,000 from the event which would cover physio for a year for Heidi. We wanted to use our own skills to give the most we can on the day.”

The event includes a raffle with lots of great prizes donated by local businesses, including dinner vouchers, spa treatments, hair and nail vouchers and even sports jerseys.

MC on the day will be former Kerry footballer Sean O’Sullivan. The family will also be there on the day, Tara added.

“Sinead will give a brief talk before the meal and Grace will sing a number of songs for the finale, including Heidi’s favourite song ‘True Colours’.”

Tickets at €45 per person are available from eventbright: Mother’s Day Fundraiser for Heidi.

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Pedestrianisation poll: Our readers have their say

By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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By Michelle Crean

A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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