Limerick family of boy with bionic ear launch campaign to raise €60,000 for his post-op care

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

PEOPLE across Limerick have been urged to empty out their wardrobes and raid their attics to help raise money for a three-year-old boy who received a bionic ear after ground breaking surgery in the UK.

PEOPLE across Limerick have been urged to empty out their wardrobes and raid their attics to help raise money for a three-year-old boy who received a bionic ear after ground breaking surgery in the UK.

The ‘Calum’s Hope for Hearing Clothing Recycling Drive’, which will raise funds for little Calum Geary’s intensive post operative care, was launched by Limerick and Na Piarsaigh senior hurling duo Shane Dowling and Kevin Downes.

Calum’s friends and family in Limerick are organising the fund-raising venture for the toddler, who underwent the surgery for auditory brain stem implants in Manchester University Hospital last month.

The HSE has covered the cost of the operation for the little boy from Ballyhooly, Co Cork, and now the family have to find €60,000 more to cover the follow-up treatment, which will include the services of language therapists in California.

The Limerick Clothing and Recycling Drive kicked-off on Friday and it will run until Good Friday, April 6. The South Court Hotel in Raheen has donated a room which will act as the collection point for the two weeks.

“There has been a great response to the fundraising from the length and breath of the country”, said Calum’s aunt Joan O’Connell, who is living in Pallaskenry. “We have found the whole process very humbling to see people making such generous donations at a time of great hardship.

“Everyone has been so generous to date and many of my friends, neighbours and work colleagues were enquiring as to how they could help.

“A work colleague Pat O’Neill came up with the idea of the clothing and recycling drive, which is great because everyone looks for motivation to do a spring clean and people will be able to contribute significantly to Calum’s fund, without spending a penny,” Joan added.

As well as the clothing and recycling drive, a set dancing ceili is to take place in Dolan’s Limerick on Tuesday April 17 with music by Michael Sexton. Proceeds will also go towards Calum’s post-op care.

Further information about the clothing and recycling drive is available from Joan O’Connell on 087-9858130 or Pat O’Neill on 087-2074693.