Joanne's Thanksgiving fund already at €10,000

Norma Prendiville


Norma Prendiville

Joanne's Thanksgiving fund already at €10,000

Siobhan, Mike, Michael, Joanne, Noelle, Mary and Seamus McMahon at the launch of the Thanksgiving Fundraiser

OVER €10,000 has already rolled into the Joanne McMahon Thanksgiving Fund, thanks mainly  to individual contributions from Ireland and abroad and to organised events.

Schools, choirs and online subscribers have all been inspired by Joanne McMahon’s story and her appeal for help and have  joined in the push to raise money for the Burns Unit of St James Hospital in Dublin.

“The journey continues to be exciting and very enjoyable thanks to the fantastic support, ideas and work of so many all over Limerick and especially West Limerick,” says Liam Woulfe, who heads up the fundraising committee behind the Thanksgiving Fundraiser.

“And there’s still 90 days to go to the main event, the walk, run, cycle on April 17. The ingenuity of everybody is amazing.”

Registration for April 17 is now open, and can be done online, Mr Woulfe said.

“Registration is free and once you have registered you will get a confirmation email with a number,” he explained.  There are six options open to people: a 90k or 80k Challenge cycle, a 40k Fun Cycle, a  10k run or walk or a 5k fun walk.

“Naturally we would like to receive voluntary contributions to support the success of the events so we will provide ample opportunities on the day especially at the  “checking in” point for everybody to make whatever contribution they wish,” Mr Woulfe added.

Hundreds of sponsorship cards have already been distributed but cards are still available available to anybody who wants one by contacting any of the Fundraiser team or at any of the feeder fundraising events coming up over the next two weeks.

These include a Fun Quiz in Neenan’s Bar in Broadford on Friday, January 29  at 9pm, an “afternoon tea with a difference” Jenny Hayes’ home in Castlemahon on Sunday, Janaury 31, a Quiz Night in the Ballintemple Inn, Newcastle West on Friday, February 5 and a variety concert in Rathkeale House Hotel the following night, February 6.