WATCH: Astronaut Chris Hadfield is star attraction at Limerick fundraiser

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WATCH: Astronaut Chris Hadfield is star attraction at Limerick fundraiser

Chris Hadfield and his brother Dave Hadfield performing at the Clayton Hotel | Picture: Daniel Keating

A GUITAR donated by Steamboat Music and signed by astronaut Chris Hadfield at the Limerick Gig for Ghana sold for €1,050, with all proceeds going to Ghana Medical Health.

The event, which took place at the Clayton Hotel, Steamboat Quay this Thursday night, aimed to create awareness of the situation in northern Ghana and to raise money for medical training and emergency equipment.

Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space station, stopped by to lend a hand and to support the charity, which was founded by his niece Kelly Hadfield who is a student at the University of Limerick.

“In northern Ghana they have one doctor for 60,000 to 100,000 people with one nurse with no basic CPR skills. They are responsible for health care of thousands of individuals in a community or rural village, where people make €5 a year, so they need basic medical skills and these tool kits,” said Ms Hadfield.

Also up for grabs at the event was a photograph of Ireland – taken from space by Chris Hadfield –  which sold for €3,000 to an anonymous bidder.

Mr Hadfield, who performed with his brother Dave Hadfield,  said he was glad to be able to help out with the fundraiser.

“When you reach adulthood you have to chose what’s important to you, so my wife and I support several philanthropic organisations, but this one very much and not just because it's family but because it has an impact for several hundred thousand people, who just lack the very basics of what civilisation can bring,” he said.

Other perfomers at the event were Denis Allen, Norman Morrissey and Kings of Connaught.

All proceeds raised on the night will go to Ghana Medical Health.