‘Brunch for Brian’ fundraising tickets go on sale

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

Members of the Brian Hunt memorial campaign receiving their Limerick person of the month award. The campaign are hosting a 'Brunch for Brian' in Newcastle West on March 24
THE BRIAN Hunt memorial campaign has announced details of its fund raising initiative for this year, which it is hoped will generate vital funds for children’s hospital care.

THE BRIAN Hunt memorial campaign has announced details of its fund raising initiative for this year, which it is hoped will generate vital funds for children’s hospital care.

The Courtenay Lodge Hotel in Newcastle West will next Sunday host the ‘Brunch for Brian’ event, and proceeds from all tickets sales will be donated to Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin.

The campaign, which was set up in 2011, is dedicated to Brian Hunt, a Raheen man who died suddenly in May 2011 at the age of 26 after a lifetime spent battling a rare kidney disease.

Brian’s father, Gabriel, is a native of Newcastle West. He said that the decision to name Temple Street as this year’s chosen charity was a straightforward one.

“Brian attended Temple Street as a child. The staff consistently adopted a positive outlook and caring manner when treating Brian, despite the strain on resources. We are humbled to be able to reciprocate their generosity of heart in his memory”. Last year, the Brian Hunt memorial campaign held a golf classic at Rathbane golf club, which was followed by an auction of valuable sports memorabilia, including items donated by Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke. In total, the event raised €20,000 for the Irish Kidney Association.

The committee, which includes Brian’s friends, family and co-workers, were recognised for their efforts with a Limerick Person of the Month award, which saw them shortlisted as finalists for the 2012 Limerick Person of the Year award.

For this year’s fund raising event, the committee have decided to host a brunch event which will provide entertainment for people of all ages.

Frank McNamara, former musical director of The Late Late Show and presenter on Lyric FM, will provide the music, while author Roisin Meaney will take part in a children’s storytelling event.

Local artist Marian Sugrue will be providing a creative take on children’s face painting, while photographer and friend of Brian, Darren Ryan, will be on hand to take special family portraits.

Brian’s brother, Cian, said that the fund raising events are an opportunity to keep Brian’s memory alive.

“The hole that Brian’s absence has left in our lives is as acute today as it was when he died. We take great comfort from holding an annual fundraiser in his memory, and it gives us an opportunity to meet up and reminisce.”

Tickets for the ‘Brunch for Brian’ at the Courtenay Lodge Hotel on Sunday, March 24 are on sale now for €15 per adult, and €5 for under-12s.

For more information, visit the campaign’s Facebook page.