Emily O’Shaughnessy, pictured with her father Damien, who tragically passed away from cancer last month
A SOUTHSIDE teenager who tragically lost her father to cancer has raised more than €12,000 for a unique Limerick charity in just a fortnight.
Emily O’Shaughnessy, 18, from Janesboro, has been volunteering with Clare’s Wish, a Castletroy charity which grants the final wishes of adults with terminal illness like helicopter rides, celebrity meet-ups and family nights away.
They are setting up a beauty and relaxation room nearby to provide pampering for people with incurable conditions, and those who provide care.
Since her father, popular chef Damien, 45, passed away just three weeks ago, Emily has been busy contacting beauty companies to persuade them to supply stock to the facility, spearheaded by Clare’s Wish founder Kevin Clancy from Doon.
In that time, the Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh sixth year student has managed to persuade firms to part with €12,000 worth of stock.
“Having lost my own dad, I understand how important it is to have these nice family memories. We weren't lucky enough to have Kevin’s help. But I know dad would be delighted that I’m helping out with this new venture,” she said.
Emily, whose mother is community activist Sarah-Lee, sounded out a number of companies in the hope of them providing help.
“I sat there one evening with the Ipad and I was a bit cheeky to be honest with you. I emailed everyone I could possibly think of who had a connection with the industry,” she said.
“Many companies have pledged €1,000 worth of products to the room, whether it be make-up, mirrors or lighting. They’ve sent some amazing stuff to be honest. I’ve never seen anything like it, the boxes shipped to my own house.”
Asked why she helped donate to the cause, Emily – who has a younger brother Tiernan, 14, added: “I’ve seen my own dad go through chemo and I realised it’s just nasty. There is nothing else to say about it. To make someone feel better, even just a little bit, it’s just lovely.”
”Dad always took pride in his appearance, so I hope he’d be very proud of this,” Emily smiled.
Emily plans to hold a number of fundraisers for Clare’s Wish over the coming months to help get the new centre off the ground.
For more information on Clare’s Wish and to help out, contact 061-201674 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.