Fundraiser will allow Lisa’s Light to spread through Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Katie Whelan, pictured in front of Thomond Bridge. The Ard Scoil Mhuire Leaving Cert student had dreamt about installing boxes with these positive, life-affirming messages. Now, her school is to host a garden fete fundraiser. Picture: Brian Gavin /Press 22
ARD Scoil Mhuire in Corbally is to play host to a fundraising event on Sunday to allow Katie Whelan’s ‘Lisa’s Light’ concept develop across the city.

ARD Scoil Mhuire in Corbally is to play host to a fundraising event on Sunday to allow Katie Whelan’s ‘Lisa’s Light’ concept develop across the city.

Katie, a Leaving Certificate student, secured funding to light up Thomond Bridge with positive, life-affirming messages earlier this year in memory of her cousin Lisa, who died by suicide.

Now, her school is to host garden fete on Sunday, and all money raised will fund the manufacture of further light boxes.

Speaking at a Cycle Against Suicide event in Raheen this week, Katie predicted that all of Limerick’s bridges would be lit up with messages like ‘It’s the little things;, ‘Add friends to your tea’, ‘Tomorrow is a new day’, ‘Take a deep breath’, and ‘Turn that frown upside down’.

“We are looking at Baal’s Bridge or Sarsfield Bridge. But it doesn’t matter - they will all be done in time,” she told Bruff-born social entrepreneur Jim Breen.

The garden fete will see cakes and bakes, plus plants for the house and garden.

There will be a monster raffle, and a wheel of fortune, plus novelty games and teas and coffees at the event, which takes place in the school between 2pm and 4pm this Sunday.

“We would like to see this supported by our whole community,” Katie said.

Only last month, Katie’s endeavours saw her named Limerick’s Person of the Month. School principal, Colette McGrath, said: “This is a wonderful recognition of the great work Katie has done. She did not do this for herself. It was for the good of others.” For more information and to donate to Lisa’s Light, or provide prizes, contact Ard Scoil Mhuire at 061-349014.